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.

King Salman meets GCC leaders for 40th Gulf summit in Riyadh

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King Salman meets GCC leaders for 40th Gulf summit in Riyadh

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • Among the many issues expected to be discussed is a greater level of integration between Gulf countries

RIYADH: GCC leaders arrived in Riyadh Tuesday for a summit that will focus on improving integration between Gulf countries.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting will be chaired by King Salman, who met the representatives from each country as they landed.

The heads of the delegations including the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani said Gulf leaders will discuss a number of important issues to enhance the process of cooperation and integration among member states in various political, defense, security, economic and social fields.

They will also review regional and international political developments, security conditions in the region, and their implications for the security and stability of the GCC countries.

Among the topics on the agenda is the war in Yemen and Iran’s interference in regional affairs.

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.