Saudi to give citizens rewards if they foil attacks

Damage inside a mosque used by members of a local security force is pictured in Abha, southwest Saudi Arabia August 6, 2015.

Damage inside a mosque used by members of a local security force is pictured in Abha, southwest Saudi Arabia August 6, 2015.


The Saudi interior ministry on Sunday announced that will give citizens seven million Riyals ($1.8 million) as a reward if they help in foiling terrorist attacks in the kingdom, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

One million riyals will also be given to those who can contribute with information on the whereabouts of a terrorist.

The announcement comes as the interior ministry reveals details of two cells of those who were behind the deadly attack on an Abha mosque.

Fifteen people were killed on Aug. 6 last year when the mosque, which belonged to a special emergency force in the southwestern city, was attacked by a suicide bomber.

The ministry also placed a five million riyals bounty for those who can help in finding the whereabouts of nine wanted people involved in the Abha deadly attack.

The ministry also revealed identities of accomplices including a soldier named Salah al-Shahrani, who helped the suicide bomber with the attack.

It described Shahrani, who had two other accomplices – Ali Fouad al-Dahwi and Saleh al-Dura’an – as a soldier “who betrayed his duties and colleagues.”

A man named Fahad al-Harbi and his wife Abeer al-Harbi were arrested as they were accomplices when they helped the suicide bomber to reach Abha.

The ministry said Abeer hid an explosive belt under her feet.


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