2006 News Story

King Abdullah honors families of slain Saudi security officers

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has donated $13,332 to each of the mothers and wives of Saudi security officers who died in confrontations terrorists over the last three years, the Arab News reported today.

The funds were distributed on National Day at a ceremony organized by Al-Nahda Women’s Charitable Society in Riyadh. Princess Sara Al-Faisal, chairperson of the society, opened the event.

Also in attendance were Princess Aadila and Princess Seeta, two daughters of King Abdullah. Princess Aadila distributed the cash to the mothers and wives, while Princess Seeta gave them each watches and three gold coins.

Since May 2003, at least 90 civilians, 55 security personnel and 136 militants have died in terrorist attacks in the Kingdom. Hundreds more have been wounded.

At Saturday’s ceremony, King Abdullah commended the efforts of security men, armed forces and the National Guard in the Kingdom’s successful campaign against terrorists in the country.

The King said the government would leave no stone unturned in its fight against terrorism. He also urged militants to surrender. In addition, the Kingdom has set up a special committee of experts to educate militants and change their views.