The Cabinet, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, denounced Friday’s terrorist attack on a Qatif mosque and said it was aimed at undermining the Kingdom’s security and stability.
“The heinous crime resulted in the killing of innocent people,” the Cabinet said in a statement. “This terrorist aggression came from the spiteful criminals who shed the blood of Muslims and targeted worshippers.”
Culture and Information Minister Adel Al-Toraifi said the Cabinet commended the efforts made by security agencies to identify the suicide bomber as well as his accomplices and arresting most members of the terrorist cell to which the bomber belongs. He said the bomber acted on the directives of IS terrorist organization with the intent of creating division among Saudi citizens, spread hostility and sedition among them, and create disunity in society.
Earlier, King Salman said the terrorist attack violated Islamic and human values. “We have been shocked and distressed by this heinous crime,” the king said. King Salman stressed that Saudi Arabia would continue its campaign against terrorists and extremists.
The Cabinet expressed its thanks and appreciation to scholars, citizens and others who condemned the criminal act, reiterating the Kingdom's firm position on terrorists and those who stand behind them.