Saudi arrests ‘ISIL supporters who shot Danish citizen’

Authorities have arrested the alleged shooter, driver and videographer who released a video of the shooting earlier this month, claiming responsibility for it.

RIYADH // Three Saudis with links to ISIL have been arrested for allegedly opening fire and wounding a Danish citizen in Riyadh last month.

The suspects “perpetrated their crime in support of the terrorist group Daesh”, said the ministry’s spokesperson Mansour Al Turki on Thursday, using the Arabic acronym for ISIL.

He said they trained for two weeks before carrying out the shooting on November 22, which wounded the Danish man as he drove from work in his car in the capital Riyadh.

Supporters of ISIL released a video earlier this month showing the shooting and claiming responsibility for it.

The video showed an individual shooting from the backseat window of a vehicle at the driver of a white car on a highway in a desert area, and identified the victim as Danish citizen “Thomas Hopner”.

Denmark later confirmed that one of its nationals was shot and wounded in Riyadh on November 22.

Authorities have arrested the driver, the alleged shooter and the man who filmed the attack, said Mr Al Turki.

A week after the incident, a Canadian was stabbed and wounded while shopping at a mall in Dhahran.

In November, Saudi Arabia blamed ISIL-linked suspects for the killing of seven Shiites, including children, in Eastern Province.

* Associated Press and Agence France-Presse

Published: December 11, 2014 04:00 AM

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