Most wanted suspect nabbed in Saudi Arabia’s Qatif

Mohammed Hussein Al-Ammar, right, in an undated photo. (Social media)
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Updated 08 January 2020

Most wanted suspect nabbed in Saudi Arabia’s Qatif

  • Big boost for Saudi efforts to disband Iran-funded cells
  • It was unclear if there were any casualties

JEDDAH: Saudi security forces have announced the arrest of one of their top terrorist targets. Sources said that Mohammed Hussein Al-Ammar was captured in Qatif on Tuesday morning without any shots being fired, after information was received confirming his location.
He was on a “most-wanted” list of nine terror suspects issued by the Ministry of Interior and the state security services on May 1, 2017. They are all accused of security-related crimes, including targeting citizens, residents and security officers, vandalizing public, security and economic facilities, and causing disruption in Qatif and Dammam. Al-Ammar is the only person on the list to be captured alive so far; of the rest, five have been killed and three remain free.
Al-Ammar is considered one of the most dangerous terrorists on the list. His alleged crimes include involvement in the kidnapping and killing of Judge Mohammed Al-Jarani, thefts, several armed attacks on security officers, the targeting of a security patrol, armed robberies, and throwing Molotov cocktails at a government building.
In addition, he is accused of taking part in armed raids on armored cars in Qatif and Al-Majidiyah, including one in which a security guard was killed and another wounded. Al-Ammar and another man on the most-wanted list, Maitham Ali Muhammad Al-Qudaihi, also allegedly targeted a security patrol that was protecting mosques in Qatif.


Out of the nine wanted men on the 2017 list, only three remain at large.

Judge Al-Jirani was kidnapped in December 2016 outside his home in the town of Tarout. His kidnappers killed him and hid the body in an abandoned farm area known as Salihiya. His remains were discovered after an extensive search operation lasting more than a year. He had been shot in the chest. Investigators concluded that the kidnappers had tortured him, dug a grave, put him in it, then shot him and buried the body.
Security expert Fayez Al-Shahrani said that the arrest of Al-Ammar marks a big victory for the security forces in their efforts to disband Iran-funded terrorist cells in Qatif, because he is likely to have information that could help capture the remaining suspects on the wanted list: Ali Bilal Saud Al-Hamad, Maitham bin Ali Mohammed Al-Qudaihi and Ayman Ibrahim Hassan Al-Mukhtar.
The suspects on the list who have been killed are: Jaafar bin Hassan Makki Al-Mubaireek, Mufeed Hamza bin Ali Al-Alwan, Majid bin Ali Abdulrahim Al-Faraj, Hassan Mahmoud Ali Abdullah and Fadel Abdullah Mohammed Al-Hamada.
With the exception of Ali Abdullah, who was Bahraini, all of those on the list are or were Saudi nationals.


Saudi Arabia condemns Nice church attack

Updated 29 October 2020

Saudi Arabia condemns Nice church attack

  • The foreign ministry stressed the importance of rejecting practices that breed hatred, violence and extremism
  • The Muslim World League (MWL) also condemned the attack and described it as a “terrorist crime”

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia condemned an attack at a church in the southern French city of Nice that killed three people on Thursday.
The Kingdom’s foreign ministry expressed its categorical rejection of the extremist attack in Notre Dame Basilica and others like it, and said that they are inconsistent with all religions, human beliefs and instincts. 
The ministry stressed the importance of rejecting practices that breed hatred, violence and extremism.
The ministry also expressed its condolences to the families of victims and the French government and public, wishing those injured a speedy recovery. 
The Muslim World League (MWL) also condemned the attack and described it as a “terrorist crime.”
The MWL added that Islam is innocent of such attacks and considers them “ugly crimes” that are a product of terrorist ideologies.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also condemned the attack and said it rejects extremism and terrorism in all shapes and forms regardless of motives.

The Council of Senior Scholars condemned the Nice Attack and said it is the duty of people to practice tolerance and constructive cooperation in the world. 

It added that Islam places utmost importance on protecting civilians.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Kuwait, Bahrain and Egypt also condemned the attack.