ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday strongly conde­mned the recent terrorist incident in Jeddah, resulting in injuries to four people, including a Pakistani national.

“The government and people of Pakistan reiterate their full support for and deep solidarity with the leadership, government and brotherly people of Saudi Arabia against any threats to the Kingdom’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” a statement issued by the Foreign Office said.

A Saudi national wanted for investigation killed himself by detonating an explosive belt on Wednesday while a security squad was chasing him. The suspect was about to be apprehended in Al-Samer district of Jeddah governorate when the incident happened, state-run Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.

A Pakistani expat and three security men were injured in the incident.

According to Saudi media reports, the man identified as Abdullah bin Zaid Abdul­rahman Al-Bakry Al-Shehri was suspected of being a member of a domestic terrorism cell that coordinated the 2015 suicide bombing at a mosque in Abha frequented by security force members and was one of the 10 individuals wanted to the security agencies.

Published in Dawn, August 14th, 2022

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