Saudi King Salman vows to hit hard after attacks

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Saudi King Salman vows to hit hard after attacks

Riyadh - 'We won't let terrorists harm the spirit and orientation of our youth'


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Published: Wed 6 Jul 2016, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Wed 6 Jul 2016, 2:00 AM

Saudi Arabia will hit hard those who seek to harm its young people, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, said on Tuesday after suicide bombers struck in the holy city of Madinah and two other targets.
In a speech marking the eve of Eid Al Fitr holiday, King Salman also cautioned young people against "the dangers that lie in wait, notably extremism".
He said the country "is determined to strike with an iron fist all those who want to harm the spirit and orientation of our youth". More than half of Saudis are under 25.
The speech was given in King Salman's name by the information minister and carried by the official Saudi Press Agency on the occasion of Eid on Wednesday.
Salman was commenting the day after a suicide bomber in Madinah killed four policemen outside the Prophet's Mosque.
The attack, which sparked condemnation across the Muslim world, coincided with another suicide blast in Qatif, in the kingdom's east, where the only casualty was the bomber.
Early on Monday a third suicide bomber wounded two policemen when he blew himself up near the United States consulate in Jeddah.
That attacker was a Pakistani resident of the kingdom, the interior ministry said. - AFP

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