Interior Ministry names suspects in Dammam mosque bombing

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Updated 04 June 2015

Interior Ministry names suspects in Dammam mosque bombing

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday revealed the identity of the man behind last week’s mosque attack in Dammam, that left four people killed.
Wearing women’s clothing as a disguise, the suicide bomber — identified as 20-year-old Khaled Al-Wahbi Al-Shemari — detonated the explosive belt he was wearing at the entrance of Al-Anoud Mosque, the Interior Ministry said.
The ministry also identified 16 other people linked with that attack and an earlier bombing on a mosque in Qatif that killed 21.
Meanwhile, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman ordered posthumous medals of courage for the four victims in Dammam.
The ministry has also warned that it would prosecute those who have dealings with the suspects. It has offered a reward of SR1 million for information leading to the arrest of one person, SR5 million for more than one, and SR7 million for information leading to the government thwarting a terror operation.
The ministry published the list of the 16 men and their photographs on state television, accusing them of being involved in the two attacks. Members of the public can contact the security agencies on the number 990 if they have any information, the ministry stated.
A suicide bomber disguised as a woman blew himself up on Friday outside Al-Anoud Mosque in Dammam, killing himself and four other people. The ministry identified the bomber as a Saudi citizen, 20-year-old Khalid Al-Wahbi Al-Shammari, according to reports. A week earlier, another suicide bomber blew himself up at a  mosque in the nearby village of Al-Qadeeh, killing 22 people and injuring more than 100 others.


Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ula hosts Ecotrail running race for first time

Updated 28 January 2020

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ula hosts Ecotrail running race for first time

RIYADH: Runners will get a chance to explore Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ula site as part of the Ecotrail running race to be held for the first time at the city. 

The event will be held on Feb. 8 as part of the Winter in Tantora Festival. 

The run will take place at the at the UNESCO World Heritage Site regarded as the Kingdom’s archeological treasure. 

The runners will compete in 83km,45km and 10km distances through the city’s majestic sandstone mountains and canyons. 

Meanwhile, explorers can enjoy a 10km hike that will take them through the tombs, historic sites and monuments representing tens of thousands of years of human history.

EcoTrail was founded in Paris in 2008 to promote and organize eco friendly trail running races while highlighting local heritage.