Saudi police arrest man after knife attack on guard at French consulate in Jeddah

Police arrested a Saudi man in Jeddah after he attacked and injured a security guard at the French consulate. (File/SPA)
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Updated 30 October 2020

Saudi police arrest man after knife attack on guard at French consulate in Jeddah

JEDDAH: A Saudi citizen was being questioned by security authorities on Thursday after a guard at the French Consulate in Jeddah was attacked with a knife.
The security guard, who works for a private security firm, was treated in hospital for minor injuries that were said not to be a cause for concern.
The French Embassy said it had full confidence that the Saudi authorities would establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.
“The Diplomatic Security Special Forces have arrested a citizen —  in his forties — after he attacked a security guard with a sharp tool at the French Consulate in Jeddah,” Makkah Region Police  spokesman Maj. Mohammed Al-Ghamdi said.
“The security guard has sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital to receive the necessary treatment. The perpetrator has been arrested, and statutory measures are being taken against him.”
The French Embassy in Saudi Arabia called on its citizens to exercise caution. It said: “The French Consulate General in Jeddah was the target of a knife attack this morning against a guard employed by a security company.”
The embassy said it “firmly condemns this attack against a diplomatic site,” affirmed its “full support for the victim,” and expressed its confidence in the Saudi authorities “to shed light on this attack and ensure the safety of the French sites and community in the country.”


Shoura Council tackle breach of trust, anti-fraud laws

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Shoura Council tackle breach of trust, anti-fraud laws

RIYADH: The General Assembly of the Shoura Council has reviewed topics on its agenda, which include a number of reports submitted by specialized committees.

This came on Sunday during the work of the council’s first ordinary session of the first year of the eighth session, held remotely under the chairmanship of Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, president of the council. The council agreed to refer the report of the Committee on Islamic and Judicial Affairs on draft regulations against fraud and breach of trust for return to the council for consideration and review.

It also referred the report of the Committee on Social Affairs, Family and Youth on draft law pertaining to fundraising and disbursement within the Kingdom.

Further reviews will also be referred to and discussed in upcoming council sessions on draft law reports filed by the Management and Human Resources Committee regarding functional discipline and the Hajj, and the Housing and Services Committee’s draft law on amendments to the contractor classification system.