IS Claims Responsibility for Riyadh Shooting

IS Claims Responsibility for Riyadh ShootingIS Claims Responsibility for Riyadh Shooting

A group of IS supporters has released a video that it says shows its members carrying out a shooting in Saudi Arabia last week of a Danish national who survived the attack, SITE Monitoring reported.

The film could not be independently verified but Saudi Arabia said on Nov. 22 a Dane had been shot in the shoulder as he left his work in Riyadh and was in a stable condition.

IS last month called on supporters in Saudi Arabia, which is participating in strikes against the group in Syria, to attack Shia Muslims, government officials and Westerners.

The Interior Ministry told Reuters last month it had identified at least 2,000 Saudis who had gone to fight in Syria and Iraq, but that 600 of them had returned to the kingdom and were in detention and others had died.

Authorities have frequently voiced concern that the conflict in Syria and Iraq and the emergence of IS could spur domestic attacks. The last campaign by militants in Saudi Arabia killed hundreds between 2003-06.

In early November, Sunni militants, who the government said were linked to IS, killed eight Shias in the Eastern Province. Authorities have since arrested more than 70 people suspected of links to the attack.

On Sunday, media reported that a Canadian had been injured in a stabbing by a Saudi in a shopping mall in Eastern Province, but a motive had not been identified.

Saudi authorities have said they are investigating the attack on the Dane.

The video was released by al-Battar Media Foundation and claimed to show an operation by “Supporters of the Islamic State in the Land of the Two Holy Mosques”, SITE reported, referring to Saudi Arabia.

It includes clips of speeches by IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the group’s spokesman, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, calling on Saudis “to kill and spit upon” citizens of Western countries involved in fighting the group.

The video, filmed from inside a vehicle driving along a street with signposts showing Riyadh neighborhoods, shows a handgun being fired through an open window at a white car traveling in the same direction.

  Lebanon Detains a Wife, Son of Baghdadi

Meanwhile, the Lebanese army detained a wife and a son of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria in recent days, security officials said on Tuesday.

The officials declined to give the name or nationality of the woman whom they described as one of his wives. The Lebanese newspaper As-Safir reported the army had detained her in coordination with “foreign intelligence apparatus”.

It said she had been traveling with a fake passport accompanied by one of her sons. IS has seized wide areas of Iraq and Syria, Lebanon’s neighbor to the east, declaring a “caliphate” over the territory it controls.

Investigators were questioning her at the headquarters of the Lebanese defense ministry, As-Safir reported.

The Lebanese security forces have waged a crackdown on IS sympathizers in Lebanon and the intelligence services have been extra vigilant on the border crossings.

They have arrested over the past few months a number of militants suspected of staging attacks to expand IS influence in the country neighboring Syria.

Baghdadi, an Iraqi, called for attacks against the rulers of Saudi Arabia in a speech purported to be in his name last month.

He said his self-declared caliphate was expanding in Saudi Arabia and four other Arab countries and called for “volcanoes of jihad” the world over in the speech released on Nov. 13.