Interior minister tells martyr's father: Consider me your son

Prince Abdulaziz visits family of cop who died in checkpoint attack


By Khaled Al-Adel

Okaz/Saudi Gazette

BURAIDAH — Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz Bin Saud Bin Naif on Tuesday visited the family of the first sergeant Sulaiman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Abdullatif who lost his life in a confrontation with terrorists at a checkpoint in Buraidah, Qassim province, to convey his condolences to the Saudi soldier's father and children.

The sergeant was martyred in an exchange of fire between the policemen and three terrorists at the security checkpoint on Sunday.

"I am a father and have children. I know how painful it is to lose a child. Please consider me as your son and at the same time the father of the orphaned children," he told the bereaved father.

The minister told Al-Abdullatif not to worry about anything in life and to approach him for any help the family needed. "These are the instructions given by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman," he said.

Prince Abdulaziz hugged the children, kissed them on their foreheads and exchanged cordial talks with them. He asked them about what they would want to be in the future, their favorite soccer teams and if they were watching the World Cup.

The minister stressed that the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques would continue to fight extremism and terrorism, which threatens the nation's security, at all costs.

"The cowardly terrorist acts targeting the homeland and its stability will not deter the security forces from performing their duties to preserve the integrity and security of the country and its people," he said.

Emir of Qassim Prince Faisal Bin Mishal said the government was determined to take care of the families of the martyrs and to provide them with all their needs and requirements.

The Ministry of Interior said the attack took place at 3:45 p.m. local time on a road to Buraidah. After the attack, security forces managed to kill two terrorists and wound a third, who was transferred to hospital. The ministry also said a Bangladeshi resident was also killed in the attach, but did not release his name.