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Gunman attacks Saudi security forces at gate of Jeddah royal palace

RIYADH: Two Saudi guards were shot dead and three others injured on Saturday morning when a man drove up to the gate of the royal palace in Jeddah and began shooting, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by state news. Royal Guards killed the gunman, who was identified in the statement as Mansour al-Amri, a 28-year-old Saudi national. The attack occurred at a checkpoint outside the western gate to the Peace Palace in Jeddah, where the royal family conducts official business during the summer months. Saudi…

Gen Bajwa reiterates Pakistan’s commitment to defence of Saudi Arabia

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday reiterated that Pakistan is committed to the defense of the Haramain Sharifain as well as safeguarding the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, ARY News reported. According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s media wing, Saudi Arabia's Deputy Defence Minister Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al-Aysh met the army chief to discuss the matters of bilateral interest, including the broader regional security situation.…

Saudi security forces foil terror attack on Grand Mosque

MAKKAH: Saudi security forces on Friday foiled a suicide attack on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Makkah, cornering the would-be attacker in an apartment, where he blew himself up, the Interior Ministry said. In a statement read on state television, the ministry said that three terror cells had planned the attack on worshippers and security forces at the mosque as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan nears its climax. The trapped would-be suicide bomber exchanged fire with the security forces, then set off…

Saudi Arabia says it does not need Turkish army base

Saudi Arabia said Saturday a Turkish military base similar to that built in neighbouring Qatar would not be welcome in the kingdom, insisting it is “not needed”. The statement came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly said he had offered to build a military base in the Muslim kingdom shortly after work began on Turkey's facility in Qatar. Ankara is at the forefront of efforts to ease a diplomatic crisis that led Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain, as well as Egypt and other countries, to sever ties with…

Nawaz returns home after daylong Saudi visit

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan after concluding his one-day visit to Saudi Arabia in the early hours of Tuesday, ARY News reported. Accompanied by Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, and Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, the premier held meeting with Saudi King Shah Salman bin Abdul Aziz at the Jeddah Royal Palace to discuss the crisis engulfing the Middle East. The Saudi king expressed his gratitude to the prime minister for paying visiting to the…