Prophet’s Mosque attack mastermind killed in Riyadh shootout

Prophet’s Mosque attack mastermind killed in Riyadh shootout

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Tayea Salem Yaslam Al-Sayari (left), Talal Bin Samran Al-Saedi (right) – SPA
Tayea Salem Yaslam Al-Sayari (left), Talal Bin Samran Al-Saedi (right) – SPA

Riyadh — One of the two terrorists killed in Saturday’s shootout in Riyadh has been identified as Tayea Salem Yaslam Al-Sayari, who was wanted for plotting the attack on the Prophet’s Mosque last year.

Al-Sayari was said to have designed the explosive belts and other devices that were used in the botched attacks on the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah and the parking lots of Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital in Jeddah earlier on July 4, 2016, as well as the attack on a mosque used by Saudi special forces in the southern Saudi city of Abha on Aug. 9, 2015.

The security authorities described the two terrorists, particularly Al-Sayari, as ‘dangerous’. They added that Al-Sayari was considered to be an expert in Daesh (so-called IS) terrorist organization in manufacturing explosive vests, explosives and preparing suicide bombers to carry out their criminal acts in targeting worshipers and other innocent people.

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The second terrorist was identified as Talal Bin Samran Al-Saedi.

Both Al-Sayari and Saedi were Saudi nationals.

Saudi security forces killed the two extremists in a security operation in the Yasmeen district, north of Riyadh.

The site was surrounded since dawn Saturday.

When security forces asked the militants to surrender, they started heavy gunfire at the security men in an attempt to flee from the scene. This forced the security men to kill the two, especially since they were wearing explosive vests ready to be detonated, Saudi Ministry of Interior Spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said during a press conference on Saturday night.

None of the residents or passersby in the district was hurt.

One security man was slightly injured and was taken to hospital. His condition is stable.

The two terrorists were using the house in Riyadh to assemble explosive devices and suicide belts.

Several guns, one home-made hand grenade and suicide belts were confiscated from the house after the operation was completed.

Another Saudi interior ministry official confirmed more details behind Al-Sayari’s past.

“Tayea Al-Sayari was a scholarship student in New Zealand in the past where he majored in engineering. He had gone to Syria to join Daesh fighters. Later on, he made his way to Turkey and then to Sudan and then to Yemen before coming back to Saudi Arabia to plot and design explosive devices that were used in two terror attacks last year,” the official said.

14 COMMENTS

  1. May Allah help Saudi authority to fight and win over terrorist activities in the holy sites within ksa and shame with terror activist.

  2. It’s a great News. Being a Muslim we have responsibility to keep Saudi Arabia on priority and it’s security is our first duty.

  3. “Tayea Al-Sayari was a scholarship student in New Zealand in the past where he majored in engineering. He had gone to Syria to join Daesh fighters. Later on, he made his way to Turkey and then to Sudan and then to Yemen before coming back to Saudi Arabia to plot and design explosive devices that were used in two terror attacks last year,” the official said.
    When he returned to Saudi after his terrorism in the countries mentioned,it was the duty of family
    and even friends to hand him over to the authorities.
    I would do it even if it is my son,as I think of the greater.good of the people and Islam.
    Those who sheltered him too are guilty of his crimes.He was educated abroad,but he was not
    parented properly. This is the trouble with most of our youth ,who opt to join these terror gangs
    hoping to be martyrs and to enter Paradise. They are actually criminals and will be in the Hellfire.
    If we parents do not want this to happen to our offspring.let us bring them up correctly strictly
    according to Islam.May Allah guide and protect us all particularly our youth. A’AMEEN

    • Peace be upon you:
      I totally agree with your comment…
      Families, friends absolutely responsible…
      I would do the same .. if that was my son.
      May ALLAH swt Guide us all Aameeeen.

  4. No terrorist can be a Muslim. Muslims follow Allah’s Quran and his Messenger. Islam doesn’t allow to kill any innocent. These terrorits have spoiled the name of Islam. They should be fought by all muslims. May we be able to defend our religion and hope these terrorits worldwide are arrested and punished.

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