x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Two Saudis beheaded for armed robbery

Saudi Arabia beheaded two nationals in the southwestern city of Jizan today after they were convicted of armed robbery, the interior ministry announced.

RIYADH // Saudi Arabia beheaded two nationals in the southwestern city of Jizan today after they were convicted of armed robbery, the interior ministry announced.

"Mohammed bin Ahmed Kharmi and Musa bin Mohsen Kharmi lured a man and opened fire on him," said the ministry in a statement published by SPA state news agency, adding the victim, whose identity was not disclosed, was wounded.

The pair "stole the money he was carrying which belonged to the company he works for," said SPA. They were sentenced to death "due to the danger of their crime."

The beheadings bring to 55 the number of people executed in Saudi Arabia so far this year, according to an AFP tally based on official reports.