Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 August 2019

Saudi executes 37 nationals convicted of terror charges

The news comes just days after ISIS claimed an attack near Riyadh

Cars drive past the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh. Reuters, file
Cars drive past the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh. Reuters, file

Saudi Arabia executed 37 people convicted of terrorism charges on Tuesday.

“The death penalty was implemented... on a number of culprits for adopting extremist terrorist ideologies and forming terrorist cells to corrupt and disrupt security as well as spread chaos and provoke sectarian strife,” the state news agency reported.

The executions took place in Riyadh, the Muslim holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, central Qassim province and Eastern Province, said the statement.

The 37 were all Saudi nationals. The reports gave no further details on who the convicted people were or what exact crimes they had committed.

It comes as ISIS claimed responsibility on Monday for a failed attack on a Saudi security base north-west of Riyadh.

The Amaq news agency, a media arm of the terror group, said that four men had pledged allegiance to ISIS before launching the attack. It gave no further details.

Saudi security forces said on Sunday that they had foiled an attempted terror attack that targeted a domestic intelligence centre in the town of Al Zulfi, a small city about 250 kilometres north of Riyadh.

Security troops had killed four armed men as they tried to storm the centre. They were armed with assault rifles, explosives and Molotov cocktails, state media reported.

Three security officials were wounded in the attack.

Also on Monday, the kingdom announced the arrest of 13 men said to be planning attacks against the country's security services, Saudi state news agency reported.

The kingdom has suffered many attacks in recent years by extremists, including Al Qaeda and ISIS.

Two weeks ago, Saudi security forces killed two men and arrested two others as they tried to flee the country and threw explosives at a police checkpoint.

Three of the four men were wanted by authorities. Two officers were wounded in the attack in eastern Saudi’s Abu Hadariya province.

Updated: April 24, 2019 04:58 AM