Saudi security eliminates ‘most-wanted’ Daesh terrorists

Updated 08 January 2017

Saudi security eliminates ‘most-wanted’ Daesh terrorists

JEDDAH: Two terrorists were killed on Saturday after a shootout with Saudi security forces in a district north of the capital Riyadh.
 
Acting on a tip-off that the wanted terrorists were present at a villa in the Al-Yasmeen district, security forces cordoned off the area and asked the extremists to surrender, security sources told Arab News. 
 
The militants, who were armed with Kalashnikov rifles, fired randomly at the police and tried to escape in a security patrol car. A police officer, coming from behind the patrol car, shot at the two militants and killed them. He was slightly injured and taken to hospital for treatment. 
 
“Wanted terrorist Tayea Salem bin Yaslam Al-Sayari was killed in a shootout with security forces after trying to escape with his companion Talal bin Samran Al-Saedi,” the Interior Ministry’s security spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki told Arab News. 
 
“The two assailants had two machine guns, two explosive belts and a hand grenade,” Al-Turki said. “Chemical substances used in making explosives, men’s clothes, a female gown, some food and three gas cylinders have also been found inside the terrorists’ house,” he added. 
 
Security sources confirmed that Al-Sayari was one of the most dangerous terrorists wanted by security authorities. 
 
He was also one of the key Daesh-linked militants who made bombs and explosive belts. In addition, Al-Sayari was wanted for involvement in last year’s terrorist attack on an emergency forces mosque in the Asir region.
 
Al-Saedi, the other militant, was released from the Mohammed bin Naif Center for Counseling and Care in 2012, according to preliminary information.
 
Some witnesses in the Al-Yasmeen neighborhood confirmed that they saw security men chasing two armed men after dawn prayer. They added that the militants refused to surrender and fired at the security men, who fired back and killed both of them. 
 
The witnesses noted that the two extremists had lived in the district for nearly two months and they used to ride a black Yukon car. They also pointed out that the terrorists were seldom seen out of their house.
 

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Saudi Cabinet voices support for Cyprus

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session on Tuesday. The meeting reviewed the Kingdom’s economic progress. (SPA)
Updated 22 January 2020

Saudi Cabinet voices support for Cyprus

  • Kingdom calls for security to be maintained in the region

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has voiced its support for Cyprus’ territorial sovereignty amid growing tensions following the discovery of oil and gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.

The Saudi Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, on Tuesday said it was watching developments in the eastern Mediterranean “with great interest,” and called for security and stability to be maintained in the region.
The Cabinet also reviewed the Kingdom’s progress among 190 economies in the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law 2020 report, which placed it first among GCC countries and second in the Arab world on legislative reforms relating to women.
Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program supports the implementation of reforms that enhance women’s role in economic development, raising the Kingdom’s competitiveness regionally and globally.
Minister of Media Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah said the Cabinet reviewed several reports on developments in regional and international arenas.
The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s assertion during the fourth session of the Arab Parliament in Cairo that its policy is based on the principles of peaceful coexistence and good neighborliness, full respect for the sovereignty and independence of states, noninterference in their internal affairs, and its belief that these principles are capable of resolving all conflicts, foremost the Arab-Israeli conflict.

HIGHLIGHT

The Cabinet reviewed efforts to promote political solutions to crises in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Sudan, calling on all to take action to address destabilizing foreign threats and interventions.

The Cabinet also reviewed efforts to promote political solutions to crises in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Sudan, calling on all to take action to address destabilizing foreign threats and interventions and to “move forward toward the aspirations of security, stability and development of Arab countries and their peoples.”
On regional affairs, the Cabinet condemned an attack on a military site in Niger, the bombing of a security checkpoint and a tax collection center in Somalia, and the terrorist strike by Houthi militia on a mosque in the Marib governorate, which resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries.
The Cabinet session also authorized the minister of foreign affairs or his deputy to sign a draft protocol on establishing diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe.
An agreement on social development between the the Kingdom and Tunisia was also approved along with a memorandum of understanding for scientific and technical cooperation with Spain.
The Cabinet also approved an agreement for scientific and geological cooperation between the Saudi Geological Survey and the Russian State Geological Company.