Salman vows to hit extremists with an ‘iron fist’

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on May 1, 2016 shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud during a meeting in Riyadh. (AFP)

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Tuesday vowed to hit back with an “iron fist” religious extremists who target the country's youth, in a speech marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

"The biggest challenge facing the Islamic nation is to preserve real wealth and hope for the future of the young who face the risk of extremism and malicious calls pushing them to abnormal behaviors and practices..." Salman said.

"We will strike with an iron fist those who target the minds and thoughts and attitudes of our dear youth," the king added.

The speech was given in Salman's name by the information minister and carried by the official Saudi Press Agency on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday.

The holiday is celebrated by Muslims worldwide to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

King Salman's remarks come a day after suicide bombers struck three cities in an apparently coordinated campaign of attacks.

One suicide attack occurred outside the Prophet Mohammad’s Mosque in Madinah, the second-holiest site in Islam.

The other suicide attacks targeted the US consulate in Jeddah and the eastern city of Qatif. At least four security officers were killed.


(with Agencies)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51