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 justice minister appoints first woman to senior position at alimony fund

Saudi Justice Ministry. (SPA)
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Saudi justice minister appoints first woman to senior position at alimony fund

  • More women are also working in the ministry’s digital transformation project, and in related fields such as computer science, software engineering and information systems

JEDDAH: The minister of justice and president of the Supreme Judicial Council, Walid bin Mohammed Al-Samaani, has ordered the appointment of Shorooq bint Mohammed Al-Jadaan as deputy director-general for alimony affairs. She is the first woman to assume a leading position at the alimony fund.
The fund aims to ensure alimony is paid to beneficiaries as quickly as possible, and help achieve a financial balance for families, in fulfillment of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.
“This appointment is not surprising from a ministry and a country that has taken upon itself to ensure equity and empowerment for women in all governmental and private sectors,” said Saudi lawyer Nujood Qasim.
Such decisions strongly support efforts to raise the level of participation by women in the workforce, one of the goals of Vision 2030, by providing a wider range of career options and encouraging them to play a bigger role in the development of the country, Qasim added.
The second phase of the alimony fund was launched in November 2019. It has achieved a number of successes since its inception, in particular improving the speed of responses to requests and communication with applicants and beneficiaries through its online platform.
It has also reduced the time taken from final approval of applications to the payment of alimony, which can now be done in a matter of hours.
The Ministry of Justice has implemented a number of initiatives in the past few years to increase the number of female employees and improve their representation in promoted positions. In late 2017, it started to provide special sections for women in courts around the country and appoint female notaries. Previously it was rare for women to work in courts.
Women can now work as social researchers and administrative assistants. More women are also working in the ministry’s digital transformation project, and in related fields such as computer science, software engineering and information systems.
In addition, there has been a huge increase in the number of registered female lawyers, from only 10 in 2013 to 487 by November last year.