3 men who assaulted policeman, security guard at Jeddah corniche arrested

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All-Terrain Vehicles and other motorbikes are impounded at the police headquarters in Jeddah on Wednesday following the attack by a group of bikers on security officers who were enforcing vehicle ordinances at the Jeddah Corniche.
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This combination of screengrabs from a video shared on social media shows bikers attacking a police patrol at the Jeddah Corniche on Tuesday.
Updated 08 March 2017

3 men who assaulted policeman, security guard at Jeddah corniche arrested

JEDDAH: Authorities on Wednesday arrested three members of a group of bikers who allegedly assaulted a police officer and a security guard in Jeddah on Tuesday.
The suspects, an 18-year-old Saudi national and two undocumented immigrants from Chad, confessed to the assault.
According to the Jeddah Governor’s Office, the bikers, riding three-wheel all-terrain vehicles, attacked the patrol policeman when he prevented them from entering a recreation area at the Jeddah corniche.
When a security guard from a nearby private establishment tried to help the police officer, one of the bikers attacked him.

 

WATCH: Bikers attack police patrol in Jeddah corniche


In a video footage circulated on social media, the biker is seen beating the security guard seated on the passenger side of the police patrol vehicle. The police officer gets out of the driver’s seat and chases the assailant, but fails to catch him. As the police officer returns to the vehicle, another suspect on a bike — identified by the police as the young Saudi man — runs over him. The officer is thrown to the ground, but quickly recovers. Another biker also tries to run him over, but the patrol officer is able to evade the second attack.
The officer was injured and treated at a hospital, while the security guard was unharmed despite the beating.
After the incident, police cordoned off roads at the corniche and nearby areas as they looked for other four suspects — two Yemenis and two Chadians — who were seen in the video and identified by those arrested.


Qiddiya awards SR10bn in contracts to help construct Riyadh mega project

Updated 8 min 55 sec ago

Qiddiya awards SR10bn in contracts to help construct Riyadh mega project

  • The funding will be backed by the Kingdom's Public Investment Fund

RIYADH: At least SR10 billion ($2.66 billion) worth of contracts will be awarded to various companies to speed up the construction of a mega entertainment and sports project in the Saudi capital Riyadh, the Qiddiya Investment Company announced on Thursday.

The funding will be backed by the Kingdom's Public Investment Fund.

The Qiddiya project includes a number of art, entertainment and sporting facilities, and is being built on a 334 square-kilometre site close to Riyadh.

Its construction forms part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program that aims to diversify the Kingdom’s economy.

“We’ve awarded well over 1 billion riyal in contracts so far and that figure is going to jump, maybe ten times to 10 billion riyals, which will all be construction related contracts,” Michael Reininger, chief executive told The National.