Saudi Interior Ministry: Martyrdom of Security Man in Explosive Projectile

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Riyadh- The Saudi Interior Ministry announced that a security officer was killed in a terrorist attack.

Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, security spokesman at the Ministry of Interior, said that soldiers were part of a security patrol, which was hit by an explosive projectile at around 7 a.m. in Al-Musawara, Qatif.

“This terrorist attack resulted in the martyrdom of Vice Sergeant Adel Falih al-Otaibi and injury of three other security men, who were taken to the hospital,” the spokesman said.

The security agencies have launched an investigation into the terrorist crime, he added.

Earlier, Saudi authorities defied a terrorist group in al-Awamiyah that has attempted to disrupt the development in Musawara (eastern Saudi Arabia) after opening fire on laborers and security men. In the meantime, scholars and sheikhs in Qatif called on those involved to drop their weapons.

The statement was signed by eight Shi’ite scholars who urged the region scholars to make it clear in their sermons that they denounce violence and incriminate weapon-holders in face of the state or citizens.

In the first of June, two terrorists were killed in Qatif after being monitored by security authorities riding a stolen vehicle that was used in committing terrorist crimes.

Armed men seek cover in Masoura – an old neighborhood that includes hundreds of abandoned buildings and has narrow streets that hinder advancement of security forces to purge the district.

They object over municipal development plans to substitute the neighborhood with a development project that represents an opportunity for local residents to replace their old houses with new housing units.

RPG in al-Awamiyah

Saudi Soldier Killed in RPG Attack in Qatif Province

This time, al-Awamiyah witnessed a striking event with terrorist groups launching an RPG missile in the area killing one Saudi policeman and injuring five others.

Surely, clashes with security forces and terrorizing citizens are no new incidents to this organization, but the introduction of a new weapon that isn’t available easily explains the developments in the city and uncovers its reality.

Since the outset in 2010, they tried to fool the world with names like protests, demonstrations, peaceful and activists until they reached a point when they used missiles. For six years, Saudi security forces were self-restrained making sure not to harm the civilians in the region given that they are suffering from the terrorism of these groups as well.

With time, every reasonable person no longer felt any sympathy towards the terrorists. When they launched the RPG missile, they lost their last supporter and were outcast by the residents.

Surely, it is soon to tell how the terrorists received the RPG, and the Saudi Ministry of Interior is still investigating the issue.

In August 2015, it was announced in Kuwait that 19,000 kilos of various types of ammunitions, 144 kilos of highly explosive TNT and 56 grenades were discovered with what later became known as the Abdali cell.

The Abdali cell was supported by members affiliated with Hezbollah and Iran. In Bahrain, too, terrorist groups used such weapons, because such organizations are willing to go far.

We can’t rely on Iran and others to stop weapons’ supply. We can depend on the successful method through which the Saudi security forces managed to classify extremists and reveal their true face to the world. It was not an easy mission.

So, terminating those organizations is only a matter of time, and it won’t be long before tranquility and security return to the area.

It is important to mention here that the use of RPG is an indication that what has been happening in Awamiyah for over six years was never more than riots that gradually became blatant terrorism. It was never an issue of rights as some want to portray and neither was the purpose of targeting citizens.

This is not just about international media outlets thousands of miles away from reality and how they were fooled before the truth was revealed. This is also about regional media like the very close al-Jazeera channel which used to claim that security forces killed the protesters and opened fire at the demonstrations. It is about time a media outlet like Jazeera clarifies its position and how it was fooled while reporting those debunked allegations.

Up until last December and over the past 16 years, 128 terrorists targeted Saudi Arabia killing and injuring over 1147 Saudi citizens, residents, and security men. During those 16 years, Saudi Arabia would come back stronger than the year before, and like that terrorism in Awamiyah would be terminated whether they used RPG or any other weapon or they were supported by Iran. Eventually, the state will remain and terrorism will be abolished.

Saudi interior ministry says 25 percent of fighters in Syria have returned

Saudi security forces patrol Riyadh’s al-Munissiyah district in 2006. (AFP)
Saudi security forces patrol Riyadh’s al-Munissiyah district in 2006. (AFP)
Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—A quarter of all Saudis who traveled to Syria to take part in the fighting have since returned home, a spokesman for the Kingdom’s Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said during a press conference that 25 percent of Saudi fighters in Syria had returned, although he admitted that the numbers could not be verified.

He added that it was possible that a number of fighters still in Syria may not be aware of the deadline on the amnesty allowing them to return, and that a number were also wanted in Saudi Arabia on charges of breaching national security.

Saudi Arabia’s monarch, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, issued a decree banning Saudi citizens from travelling abroad to take part in foreign conflicts in early February, on the heels of a new anti-terrorist law and the addition of several organizations, including the Muslim Brotherhood, to the Kingdom’s list of proscribed terrorist organizations.

During the news conference, Turki also said that security forces had succeeded in restoring order to the town of Al-Awamiyah in the Kingdom’s eastern region of Al-Qatif, which was the scene of an armed attack on two German diplomats in January. According to Turki, security forces had targeted “a terrorist gang” in Awamiyah that was attempting to recruit youths under 20 years of age into its ranks.

Turki reiterated that those involved in the Al-Awamiyah incidents were not affiliated to the Saudi Hezbollah group, which was accused of the 1996 bomb attack on the Khobar Towers housing complex which killed more than a dozen US servicemen.

The Awamiyah group was involved in a number of incidents, he said, including the kidnapping and sexual assault of an Asian maid, arson attacks on schools and gun attacks on school teachers, and accused it of trying to lure the security forces into a confrontation with the residents of the town and endanger their lives.

Involvement of outside parties could not be proved but Turki did not dismiss the possibility of incitement through various media sources, including social media.

The Interior Ministry spokesman also announced the arrest of Ahmed Bin Hussein Al-Aradi on February 3, following the uncovering of alleged evidence of his involvement in the attack on the German diplomatic vehicle in January.

Turki said Aradi had confessed to being involved in the attack, which destroyed the vehicle the diplomats were travelling in but left them unharmed, after being interrogated by the authorities. A number of accomplices were identified and several crimes were uncovered, including armed robbery and threatening the safety of school children in Awamiyah. The information also led to the arrest of Hadi Bin Youssef Al-Hazim on March 16, Turki added.

Turki called on a number of other wanted men, including Fadel Bin Hassan Al-Safwani, Salman Bin Ali Al-Faraj and Mohammad Bin Ali Al-Faraj, whose names were on the list of 23 “most wanted” suspects issued two years ago, to surrender. He also called on two other wanted men, Akil Bin Nabil Al-Johar and Salim Bin Abdullah Abu Abdullah, to turn themselves in.