Saudi police investigate burning of Jeddah school principal’s car

The vehicle of a school principal in Jeddah was set on fire with many speculating that students were behind the incident. (Supplied)

The vehicle of a school principal in Jeddah was set on fire with many speculating that students were behind the incident.

Education ministry spokesperson in Jeddah Hammoud al-Suqiran told AlArabiya.net that it is still unclear who is behind the fire.

According to Suqiran, police have not yet determined the cause of the fire adding however that relevant security forces have launched an investigation into the incident.

Suqiran said that Abdullah bin Ahmad al-Thaqfi, the education director in Jeddah, is following up on the incident and the investigation into it, adding that Thaqfi ordered establishing a committee to follow up on the investigation.

Thaqfi also called the principal whose car was burnt to check on him and told him that they must wait for the investigation's results, Suqiran added.

Spokesperson of the civil defense forces in Makkah Colonel Saeed bin Sarhan confirmed that this incident is not the first of its kind as such incidents have repeated during this past phase.

He said the civil defense forces were informed at 11:08 a.m. on Tuesday that a fire had erupted in a car parked in front of Nomra high school in Jeddah, adding that firefighters immediately headed to the scene and put out the fire.

According to Sarhan, a damaged car parked near the one which caught fire was also further damaged by the fire.

Sarhan noted that the fire did not cause any fatalities or injuries, adding, however, that considering the criminal nature of these incidents which have been frequent in this area, relevant authorities in the Jeddah province took over the case.

This comes after a teacher's car caught fire near another school in east Jeddah.

*This article also appears on AlArabiya.net.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52
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