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Saudi Arabia Executes 47 Convicted Terrorists | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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The Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry announced on Saturday that 47 people convicted of plotting and perpetrating terrorist attacks targeting civilians and security forces have been executed.

The Ministry statement, published on the official SPA news agency, said the 47 individuals had been convicted of adopting the radical “takfiri” ideology, joining “terrorist organizations” and executing various “criminal plots.”

Most of those executed were involved in a series of attacks carried out by Al-Qaeda between 2003 and 2006 that killed Saudis and foreigners in the Kingdom, the Interior Ministry statement added.

The perpetrators were involved in a series of terrorist attacks which resulted in the deaths of innocent lives and the destruction of private, public, and military properties and are indicated below:

1-Bombing the ‘Al-Hamra Housing Complex’, ‘Vinnell Housing Complex’ as well as the ‘Ishbilia Housing Complex’ located in the east of Riyadh on 11/3/1424H.

2- Storming the ‘Arabian Company for Petroleum Investment’ (APICORP) complex , ‘Petroleum Center Company’, and ‘AL-Waha Housing Complex’ in Khobar Province, located in the Eastern Region, on 11/4/1425H by using hand-made bombs and various fire arms, killing and wounding a number of citizens, security men and residents and mutilating the victims.

3- Targeting a number of housing complexes in different parts of the Kingdom and initiating acts of bombing.

4- Poisoning and sabotaging the public water supply.

5- Kidnapping a number of residents with the intention of killing them and mutilating their bodies.

6- Manufacturing and smuggling explosions into the Kingdom.

7- Possessing home-made and exported arms and bombs as well as possessing highly explosive materials, grenades and rockets.

8- Targeting security and military agency sites such as the bombing of ‘Public Traffic Administration’ building in Riyadh on 2/3/1425H.

9- Bombings targeting headquarters of both ‘the Ministry of Interior’ and ‘Emergency Forces’ on 17/11/1425H which led to the martyrdom of a number of security men and citizens.

10-Trying to target the ‘King Khaled Air Base’ in Khamis Mushait Province, ‘Prince Sultan Air Base’ in Kharj Province, and ‘Civil Airport’ in Arar Province.

11- Attempts to kidnap and kill security forces.

12-Calling for the shooting of security forces with fire arms and throwing Molotov bombs at them while they performed their duties in maintaining society’s security and protecting its interests. These terrorists also supported and encouraged armed sabotage acts on the streets and public areas.

13-Planning to damage and sabotage the nation’s economy, causing harm to the country’s status, its relations and interests with friendly countries by storming the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah on 24/10/1425H which led to the martyrdom of four members of the security forces.

14-Targeting ‘Buqaia Refinery’ in Buqaia Province on 25/1/1427H which resulted in the killing of two members of the security forces.
15-Planning to target a number of foreign embassies and consulates, Saudi Aramco and a number of petroleum facilities.

16-The criminals also initiated a number of armed robberies on banks and shops, and committed fraud which resulted in collecting large amounts of money and utilizing it locally and internationally for money laundering purposes in order to finance terrorism and terrorist operations.

17-In addition, they also called for chaos and provoking acts of violence, inciting disorder and anarchy, spreading terrorist propaganda, encouraging terrorist activities inside a friendly state, expressing public support of these acts and violating public law.

Since the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia strongly believes that the crime of terrorism is a heinous crime against humanity, and a major source of instability and a great threat to national and international peace and security, the Saudi Government does everything it can to combat terrorism by bringing these terrorists to justice. Moreover, by bringing these terrorists to justice, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would like to warn all those who may be involved in such crimes that they will be held accountable for their crimes.