Saudi security forces resist sedition-mongers in Qatif

Dignitaries in Qatif reject incidents in Awamiyah, stress loyalty to nation

Second Deputy Premier: Saudi Arabia boasts stable security conditions, kingdom preserves citizens’ freedoms

Dozens killed in deadly car bomb attack in Somalia

An official source at the Ministry of Interior stated that at nine p.m. on Monday, a group of instigators of sedition, discord and unrest gathered near Al-Reef Roundabout in Awamiyah Town, Qatif Governorate; some of them, on motorcycles, were carrying Molotov bombs.

They started their disturbing acts against the Public peace at the behest of a foreign country seeking to undermine the security and stability of the homeland in blatant interference in national sovereignty.

Such instigation was accepted by some weak-minded people who thought their actions will pass without a firm stand against whoever surrenders his will to the instructions and orders of foreign entities that seek to extend an influence outside their narrow circle. Those people have to clearly decide whether their loyalty is to Allah and their homeland or to that State and its authority.

With the grace of Allah Almighty, the security forces dealt with those people on site.

After having been dispersed, security men encountered automatic weapon fire from a nearby neighborhood, injuring 11 security men, nine of whom were injured by weapon fire and two by Molotov bomb attacks.

A man and two women in a nearby building were also injured by arms' fire. All injured were hospitalized.

In announcing this incident, the Ministry of Interior affirms that it will not tolerate any breach of the stability and security of the country and its citizens.

The Ministry of Interior will deal with any mercenary or misled person by force and will strike with an iron fist whoever wishes to do so.

At the same time, the Ministry of Interior calls upon the rational members of their families, those of whose loyalties we have no doubts, to bear their responsibilities towards their sons; otherwise, all will bear the consequences of their actions.

Prince Mohammad bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Eastern Region; Prince Jlwi bin Abdulaziz bin Mosaed, his deputy; and Prince Mohammad bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs, paid a visit to the security men and citizens who were injured when they came under fire on Monday in the town of al-Awamiyah in the province of Qatif.

During the visit, they were reassured about the health and the medical services provided the injured at King Fahd Medical Complex in Dhahran.

Prince Mohammad bin Fahd conveyed to the injured greetings of Saudi leaders and their good wishes.

Prince Mohammad bin Fahd hailed the security men's restraint, wise behavior, courage and protection of peoples' lives.

Prince Mohammad bin Naif stressed unity between the citizens and security men and said restraint at times of difficulties is the greatest courage.

On the other hand, a group of prominent Shiite sheikhs and scholars in the Kingdom vowed their loyalty to the nation and government, following Tuesday's riots that erupted in the Shiite dominated Eastern province of Saudi Arabia.

Sheikh Mohammad Al Jeerani, a judge in the eastern region, said: "I denounce the criminal acts perpetrated by some ignorant people against our beloved nation. They represent no school of thought, religion or humanity. On the other hand, they represent only ignorance and darkness. We vow loyalty to our wise leadership."

Sheikh Mansour Al Salman, another Shiite scholar, asserted that they would strive to protect the Kingdom from sectarian violence. He urged the young men to shoulder their responsibility in protecting the Kingdom's sovereignty and not to engage in any acts that undermine its security and stability.

Saudi security forces succeeded in putting an end to the riots that erupted in Awamiya city in the eastern region of Qatif.

"The situation is now under full control of the forces," said a security source. At least 14 people, including nine policemen, were injured in the violence that broke out in the Shiite-majority region.

Nine policemen were shot and wounded and two hurt by petrol bombs when they came to disperse the crowd according to a ministry statement. Three civilians including two women were also injured. Speaking to Gulf News, a security source, who requested anonymity, said that the security forces have managed to bring the situation under total control within hours after it erupted. "Most of the troublemakers have been detained.

Those who instigated riots have been taken into custody during a massive raid conducted in the region," he said adding that most of those wounded in the violence were discharged from hospital after receiving treatment.

Meanwhile, prominent Saudi political analysts pointed fingers of blame toward Iran for the Awamiya riots. Speaking to Gulf News, the analysts said it was a blatant attempt by Iran to instigate violence in the country.

"Those who try to hurt the country which hosts the two holy mosques are virtually waging a battle against the Muslim Ummah as a whole. All Muslim countries would stand by Saudi Arabia in confronting such a challenge," Prominent political analyst Dr. Sultan Al Saihani said.

"Saudi Arabia and other GCC states have the capability to confront sectarianism and racism with programs that are more reformative, developmental and cultural," Abdul Rahman Al Wabili, another political analyst said.

Meanwhile, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, held talks with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary Dr. Viktor Orban.

At the outset of the talks, Prince Naif welcomed the Hungarian Premier and the accompanying delegation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, stressing that the Kingdom is looking forward for useful and good relations with the Republic of Hungary in all fields in the interests of both countries based on trust, respect and satisfaction for the two sides.

Prince Naif said, 'According to the directives of our leadership, we, in this meeting, should create good and beneficial relations for both countries. Ministers, officials and businessmen in the Kingdom should be acquainted with the Republic of Hungary and establish relations between the two sides. Simultaneously, we welcome Hungarian ministers, officials and businessmen in the Kingdom to be acquainted with it and to establish relations and economic interests.'

'The Kingdom enjoys a stable security and guarantees its citizens to live freely without restrictions on their movements, despite the circumstances surrounding Saudi Arabia,' said Prince Naif.

He highly appreciated the efforts made by the Republic of Hungary since its independence until it has reached this position of progress and prosperity in all areas, congratulating the people of Hungary on their sincere leadership.

Prince Naif pointed out that the Kingdom has always been seeking peace around the world and wishing stability for all countries, but Saudi Arabia is distressed by the happenings of unrest these days in the Arab world, affirming that that the Kingdom seeks to lessen these problems.

Concluding his speech, Prince Naif said, 'I stress that we are all happy with this meeting and we expect that the future will be brighter and better, and we appreciate Hungary's policy and relations with Arab countries and its desire to develop these relations, wishing the Republic of Hungary further progress and prosperity.

In his speech, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary, expressed his thanks to and appreciation of the Government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their warm welcome and generous hospitality.

He said, 'We appreciate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its great and important roles in supporting stability in the region and we appreciate the efforts made by the Kingdom to preserve Islamic identity and traditions.'

The Hungarian Premier pointed out that the Republic of Hungary rejects policies that support the clashes between the followers of religions and civilizations, and supports policies based on dialogue between religions and civilizations.

He expressed his happiness over the Kingdom's progress and prosperity, especially in recent years, wishing that this meeting will yield useful and constructive cooperation between the two countries in all fields.

The talks were attended by Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Minister of Foreign Affairs; Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Second Deputy Premier and Assistant Minister of Interior for Public Affairs; Minister of Finance Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf; Minister of Commerce and Industry Abdullah Zainal, Minister of Social Affairs Dr. Yousef Al-'Othaimeen; Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabiah; General Supervisor of the Office of Second Deputy Premier Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Rubaiaan, and Saudi Ambassador to Hungary Nabil Ashour.

The Talks were also attended by the delegation accompanying the Hungarian Premier.

On the other hand, Prince Naif held a dinner party in honor of the Hungarian Premier and the accompanying delegation.

The banquet was attended by Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Prince Mohammed bin Saad bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to Second Deputy Premier and Assistant Minister of Interior for Public Affairs; Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; ministers and senior officials.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud had received Prime Minister Orban and the accompanying delegation.

During the audience, the Hungarian official conveyed the greetings of the President Pal Schmitt of Hungary to the King who in turn extended greetings to the Hungarian President.

They also discussed the latest regional and international developments as well as prospects of cooperation between the two countries.

The audience was attended by Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior; Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; Prince Meteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet and Commander of the National Guard; Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Minister of Social Affairs Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimain; and Saudi Ambassador to Hungary Nabil Ashor.

For Hungarian side, the audience was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Janos Martonyi; Minister of National Economy Dr. Gyorgy Matolcsy; Minister of Rural Development Dr. Sandor Fazekas; and Hungarian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, received the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Hungary Dr. Janos Martonyi, who is visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia within the official delegation accompanying the Hungarian Premier.

During the meeting, they discussed issues of common concern. After the meeting, an agreement on political consultations between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries was signed. Prince Saud Al-Faisal also received British National Security Adviser, Sir Peter Ricketts.

During the meeting, they discussed issues of common interest. The meetings were attended by Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom and a number of Undersecretaries of the Foreign Ministry.

Speaker of Majlis Al-Shura met with the visiting Hungary's Prime Minister Orban and his accompanying delegation.

At the outset of the meeting, Orban expressed satisfaction over developing relations between the two countries and Majlis Al-Shura and Hungarian Parliament.

Dr Orban highlighted the importance of strengthening bilateral relations that link the two friendly countries in various fields and bolstering cooperation to serve common interests as well as enhancing the joint parliamentary ties between the two countries.

Orban and his accompanying delegation visited King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). On arrival at the venue of the City, he was greeted by KACST's President Dr. Mohammed Bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel and senior staff members of the City.

At the outset of the reception, Dr. Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel highlighted the mission and efforts of KACST in supporting scientific research works.

He also noted KACST's coordination with governmental agencies, other universities in the Kingdom, the private sector and KACST's unification efforts in research programs and projects in various areas of scientific interests.

'Moreover, KACST is working to develop a number of techniques which are of strategic interest to the Kingdom, through a comprehensive national plan for science, technology and innovation. The City is also working to increase the Arabic language in the Internet through King Abdullah Arab Content Initiative'.

Dr. Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel also elaborated on KACST's experiences in the development of satellites, and rehabilitation of the national talent working in this field, which has contributed to skills in manufacturing locally 12 Saudi-designed satellites, which have been launched into space successfully for their usage in many applications and services.

Meanwhile, another official of KACST also highlighted the City's big progress in developing locally new technologies in Solar Energy, which contributed to reducing the cost of producing desalinated water.

He said that KACST is expected to start producing water using a new technique by 2013, God willing.

The Hungarian Prime Minister and his accompanying delegation, then, watched a documentary film about the City, and also toured a number of research units in the City.

In the Somalia, at least 70 people have been killed by a huge suicide blast near a government compound in the capital Mogadishu, say officials.

Eyewitnesses said a truck carrying explosives was driven into a gate near a government ministry and detonated. A spokesman for the Islamist militant group al-Shabab told the BBC it had carried out the attack.

It is the largest attack since al-Shabab withdrew its forces from Mogadishu in August.

Rescue workers said more than 50 people had been injured in the blast. Many of the victims were soldiers and students who had been waiting at the education ministry.

The UN-backed transitional government condemned the attack and said no senior government officials were hurt in the blast.

Government members were meeting in the building near the blast site at the time.

"The attack shows that the danger from terrorists is not yet over and that there are obviously still people who want to derail the advances that the Somali people have made towards peace," it said in a statement.

The government statement set the number of dead at 15, but it was not clear whether this was only an initial count.

The blast struck outside a compound housing government buildings in Kilometer Four (K4) - a crossroads in central Mogadishu.

Police officer Ali Hussein told the Associated Press news agency that the vehicle had exploded after pulling up at a checkpoint on the way into the official compound.

Somalia's Planning Minister Abdullahi Godah Barreh told the BBC's Focus on Africa program he was in his office when the blast hit.

"All of a sudden a huge, huge sound and all the furniture and all the windows and all the walls started falling apart," he said.

The vehicle carrying the explosives was big, he said, about an eight- or 10-tonne truck. "The building that has been destroyed houses eight ministries, and you can imagine how crowded it would have been."

He said the area was protected, "but unfortunately, it was not good enough". "Almost half of the cabinet sit in that building. So you can understand it was a good target for them - the terrorists."

BBC Somali's Mohammed Dhore in Mogadishu said vehicles were on fire, bodies lying in the street and shocked soldiers were randomly firing into the air in the aftermath.

The BBC correspondent said it was the worst incident he had ever come across.

One aid worker said the force of the blast had thrown body parts hundreds of meters away.