Revealed: How ISIS supporters in Saudi murdered their own relative

According to Bandar, Badr was in his 30s, and the father of two children, and was expecting a third

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After a video showing ISIS supporters kill a relative of theirs in Saudi Arabia went viral on social media on Saturday, Al Arabiya has acquired information that reveals the circumstances behind the deadly attack.

The victim was identified by the Saudi interior ministry as Badr Hamdi al-Rashidi.

According to a statement issued by the ministry, Rashidi was a member of the kingdom’s anti-terror forces in the central Qassim region.

It added that six of Rashidi’s relatives took advantage of family links to draw him to a remote area and kill him.

Rashidi’s maternal cousin Wael had contacted him saying that he had some items to deliver to his mother.

He left his house to meet Wael. Rashidi’s wife, however, got worried as he did not return home and did not pick up her calls. She then informed his brothers.

Rashidi was then shot dead at a remote area near a petrol station between the city of Buraidah and the neighboring Unaizah governorate. His body was found by the police after residents reported hearing gunshots.

Bandar, Rashidi’s brother, called the murder a betrayal.

According to Bandar, Badr was in his 30s, and the father of two children, and was expecting a third. He added that Rashidi had taken care of his mother and his disabled brother who lives with him.

Bandar identified the six men as Wael al-Rashidi, Moataz al-Rashidi, Nail al-Rashidi, Zaher al-Rashidi, Sami al-Rashidi and Ibrahim Khalaf. Their ages range from 18 to 32, according to the interior ministry.

He also said that the assailants were planning to kill more than one person and tried to contact other relatives. However, Badr was the only one they managed to contact and lure out of his house.

According to Bandar, Wael is a doctor in a Riyadh hospital while Moataz is an engineer.

Bandar also said that he and his deceased brother do not have close relations with the aforementioned relatives and they only see them during Eid and other events.

This article was first published on the Arabic website of Al Arabiya News Channel on Feb. 27, 2016.

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