12 October, 2017

Terrorism in the GCC : 3 - 9 October 2017

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Terrorism and the war against it require functioning collective action which, in itself, requires a flow of information that can help decision makers understand the challenges posed by collective adversaries and the manner in which allies develop their counter-terrorism capabilities. 

The Euro-Gulf Information Centre (EGIC) is proud to announce a weekly bulletin service that presents country briefings on terrorism-related news each week. In this way, we hope to make a contribution to enhancing EU-Gulf relations in the war against terrorism and extremist ideologies.

By: Wouter Jansen 

Kingdom of Bahrain

5 October 2017

- Bahrain has been hit by a terrorist bombing which tore through Al-Budaiya street yesterday (04/10). Several security personnel were injured in the attack. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Chief Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani has strongly condemned the attack and labeled it as ‘cowardly.’  

8 October 2017

- King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has restated Bahrain’s commitment to battle terrorism and everything involved in it, such as the fight against funders and supporters. The King stressed the importance for a secure and stable Bahrain, saying that the military, security and diplomatic potential of Bahrain is ready to confront any crisis in the Arab region. 

State of Kuwait

7 October 2017

- Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah of Kuwait has strongly condemned the attack on the King’s palace in Saudi Arabia, calling it a heinous terrorist attack. The Emir sent his condolences to King Salman. 

Sultanate of Oman

8 October 2017

- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oman condemned the terrorist attack on the King’s palace in Saudi Arabia, where a gunman killed two Saudi security officials and wounded three more. The statement also confirmed the solidarity of both countries in protecting themselves against violence and terrorism. 

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

6 October 2017

- During multiple simultaneous police raids by Saudi security forces in Riyadh, five IS militants were captured and a Daesh cell was dismantled. Two Daesh terrorist were shot dead and another one blew himself up during the raids. The first raid was on a factory manufacturing suicide belts and explosive devices, the second one at an apartment in the Namar neighborhood, and the last one in a stable for horses in the Al-Hair district which was most likely used as a meeting point. 

7 October 2017

- A Saudi national named Mansour al-Amri drove up to the gates of the King’s palace in Jeddah and opened fire. At least two security guards were killed and three more were wounded. The perpetrator, who was armed with a Kalashnikov and Molotov cocktails, was shot dead. Interior spokesman, Mansour al-Turki, stated that Amri did not have any criminal record or previous connection to a terrorist organisation.

8 October 2017

- During Saudi Arabia’s visit to Russia, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that Saudi Arabia will not tolerate anyone that finances terrorism or spreads hatred. He stated that Saudi Arabia’s policy on this is very strict, referring to the thousands of imams that already have been dismissed from Mosque’s throughout the country for being too extreme, as well as underlining the importance of modernising the countries educational system to prevent the misinterpretation of texts. 

State of Qatar

5 October 2017

- Qatar, together with the United States, organised a two-day workshop on combating the financing of terrorism. The event was a follow-up on an executive programme signed in July by the two countries. 

The United Arab Emirates

3 October 2017

- The State Security Court of the UAE Federal Supreme Court has rejected six appeals, including a number of relating to terrorism and spying cases. The verdicts are final and cannot be appealed.