2003 News Story

Interior ministry reports disastrous fire at prison in Riyadh

The Ministry of Interior has reported that a tragic fire occurred in Riyadh today at the Penitentiary of the General Administration of Prisons, resulting in the deaths of 67 prisoners and injuries to 23 others, including three prison officers. Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz has directed the concerned authorities to immediately form a committee to investigate the incident.