Saudi Arabia executes Yemeni man who carried out attack on performers in Riyadh
Saudi Arabia executed on Thursday a Yemeni national who carried out a terrorist attack on a group of performers on stage during the Kingdom's Riyadh Season festival in November 2019, reported the official news agency SPA.
The attacker, identified as 33-year-old Imad Abdulqawi al-Mansouri, was instructed to carry out the attack by an al-Qaida leader in Yemen, according to SPA.
He ran onto the stage with a sharp weapon and attacked two men and a woman performer during a play in the Saudi capital, in the first of such incident since the Kingdom opened its doors for entertainment. He also stabbed a security guard, SPA reported.
The execution was carried out in the capital Riyadh, according to SPA.
Saudi Arabia's Riyadh Season ran from October to December 2019 and hosted renowned artists including Bruno Mars, Pitbull, John Legend, and Alicia Keys. Concerts took place in a range of venues across the Saudi capital, including the King Fahd International Stadium, in its biggest entertainment event to date.
Those didn't attending live performances were able to attend exclusive exhibitions such as the immersive “Marvel: Universe of Superheroes” exhibit, which showcased original artwork, first-edition comic book covers and pages, and costumes and displays from the popular Marvel movies.
The Riyadh Season is one of several of Kingdom's festival seasons that occur throughout the year.
The events aim to transform Saudi Arabia into a tourist destination, and provide the country’s residents and visitors with year-round entertainment events, in line with the country’s Vision 2030 economic reform plan.
Al Arabiya English's Tamara Abueish contributed to this report.