Two killed in Riyadh school shooting

The Kingdom Schools, where the shooting took place on Wednesday May 31, 2017.
Updated 31 May 2017

Two killed in Riyadh school shooting

JEDDAH/RIYADH: Two teachers were killed in a shooting at Kingdom Schools in north Riyadh Wednesday morning, in an act that the school’s chairman described as “a case of a disgruntled employee.”
The shooter, an Iraqi former Islamic studies teacher, was dismissed from the school four years ago due to “anger issues and an unstable personality,” Talal Al-Maiman, CEO of Kingdom Holding and chairman of Kingdom Schools, said in a statement issued after the incident.
An American-Palestinian sectional head died immediately, and the other teacher, a Saudi, died upon admission to the nearby Kingdom Hospital, said school sources. A worker was injured.
The situation at the school was “contained” by mid-afternoon, said Al-Maiman, adding that the school’s private security guards “followed established procedures” until the case was handed over to government authorities. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected by the incident,” he said.
The official Twitter account of the US Mission in Saudi Arabia has posted a warning to avoid the area.
The tweet, which was posted Wednesday around 2 p.m. local time, said: “Shooter still at school. School closed, no children present. Please avoid area.”
Another tweet around 3:15 p.m. local time said: “Ongoing security incident at Kingdom School as of 3 p.m. local time. Please avoid area due to heavy police presence.”
Schools closed before Ramadan following a royal decree that studies would be concluded before the start of the fasting month.
Riyadh police had not issued a statement at the time of print.


Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 16 September 2019

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.