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.


Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 22 October 2019

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”