Terror plot thwarted in Taif

Updated 04 July 2015
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Terror plot thwarted in Taif

JEDDAH: The Interior Ministry said on Friday that it thwarted a plot by terrorists to attack targets in the Kingdom.
Officers from the ministry raided a house in Taif where the suspects were staying and arrested three men, seized Daesh flags, gun silencers and computers.
An officer, Sgt. Awad Siraj Al-Maliki, was killed during the operation.
The spokesman said that the militants had first fired on the officers at about 4:30 a.m. A manhunt has now been launched for a fourth man, Yousef Abdullatif Shabab Al-Ghamdi.
The ministry has called on the man to surrender, and urged anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the number 990. Those who help Al-Ghamdi in any way would face legal consequences, the ministry stated.
Meanwhile, several people on social networking sites have praised the security forces for foiling the plans of the group. These terrorists were targeting houses of God, they said.


Festivities kick-off as Saudis celebrate national day across kingdom

Updated 20 September 2019

Festivities kick-off as Saudis celebrate national day across kingdom

DUBAI: The first activities of the Saudi General Authority for Entertainment (GAE) kicked off on Thursday evening in celebration of the kingdom’s National Day on September 23 in the province of Jeddah.

The festivities were held on Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Street and Corniche Road with performances of national songs and fashion shows representing Saudi cultural heritage, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The events also included workshops for children to participate in the celebration of the occasion. The activities ended with a firework show.

In Jizan, families enjoyed heritage shows hosted by the GAE at the corniche as well as Saudi art and photography.

Storytellers entertained children with stories of King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud and the history of the unification of the states of Saudi Arabia.

Artwork of Saudi landmarks were exhibited, celebrating modern and historical architecture in the kingdom.

Meanwhile, schools across the kingdom organized activities to mark the celebrations for children, highlighting the role of the founding father of Saudi Arabia in “reuniting and unifying the country.” Schools have also partnered with government bodies to educate students on the role and status of Saudi Arabia on the world stage.

Across the kingdom, preparations to celebrate National Day have been completed, with street decorations and a number of events planned.

Celebrations will be held over five days to commemorate Saudi National Day.