RIYADH, Saudi Arabia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The following is a statement from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and
The Saudi Ministry of Interior has announced that a major terrorist
attack was prevented by security services in the city of Saihat in the
On the evening of Friday, July 14th, security services
intercepted a stolen Toyota Corolla vehicle in a busy, built-up district
of the city.
As the stolen vehicle was surrounded by security services, three men in
the car produced guns and started firing heavily and randomly at both
the officers and crowds of civilians near the scene.
Saudi security services were able to shoot the three terrorists dead
before they were able to cause any injury to either officers or
Inside the stolen vehicle, officers found a number of weapons, including
three machine guns, a pistol, live ammunition and over ten kilograms of
Upon further investigation to establish the identity of the criminals,
it was discovered that they were part of a known terrorist cell and
wanted for a number of serious crimes over the past few years, including
the murder of ten security officers.
A Ministry of Interior spokesman said:
“It is very clear that these men were intent on causing a major
terrorist incident which would have resulted in the death of many
“Due to the bravery and expertise of our police and security services,
this evil plan was foiled. We thank God for their courage and
“Terrorists and extremists target Saudi Arabia just as they do the
countries of Europe and other peace loving parts of the world.”
“We in Saudi Arabia are determined to defeat them, and will devote all
available resources to overcoming this great evil.”
“Saudi Arabia will have zero tolerance for terrorist crimes of this
kind, which threaten both national security and the lives of our
The names of the deceased terrorists have been released by the Ministry
Investigations are continuing into the activities of the terrorist cell
and their associates.