How to watch the King Fahad mosque shooting (Part 1)


Part 1 of a two-part series on the King Faisal Mosque shooting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that left one person dead and two others injured. 

It begins with the basics and goes into the details. 

What did the shooter do? 

This is what we know: The Saudi police and the King’s Saudi Civil Aviation Authority confirmed the shooting, but there are conflicting reports on who the shooter was. 

Police said he shot his friend who was with him. 

According to a local report, the man died at the scene. 

Two more people were injured and rushed to hospital, but are still being treated. 

The injured person has been identified as Fadil Al-Awad. 

Saudi media outlets have reported that the man is a Saudi security official. 

There is no indication he has links to any terror group, and his name has not been released by the Saudi authorities. 

So what did the gunman do?

He targeted the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Mohamed al-Mansour, who is a senior member of the royal family. 

Mansours office was also targeted, but it was not immediately clear if the attack was connected to his position as ambassador. 

When a gunman stormed the Saudi embassy in Washington, he was shot dead by a US Secret Service agent. 

In Saudi Arabia the government has a clear policy of violence against those who are perceived as political dissidents. 

Last year, the Saudi government killed more than 100 people, most of them peaceful protesters. 

But they were also a small minority, with some people detained and some sentenced to death. 

Some Saudi women also protested, but their actions were often condemned by the government. 

Why are there conflicting reports? 

The country is split between a royalist and a modern conservative government.

Both groups have different ideologies and philosophies, with the latter being the more mainstream. 

One of the most recent controversies has been the Saudi ruling family’s refusal to recognise same-sex marriage. 

This was prompted by the death of a Saudi man who was beaten by the state for being gay in 2014. 

King Salman, a staunch defender of the conservative and conservative traditions, has also faced a number of controversies, particularly after the death last year of his father, King Abdullah, of a heart attack. 

Do you know more about the King? 

More: Read more from our FIFTH EDITION on the Saudi King Fahd mosque shooting. 

Read our previous coverage of the King: Fahad Mosque shooting – Part 1, Part 2,  Part 3, King Fahd: The Rise and Fall of the Saudi Kingdom. 

Watch Part 1 below:

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