The smell of gunpowder in al-Yasmeen neighborhood
A policeman’s bravery reflected high-level training of security forces and great expertise while handling terrorist attacks
A group of suspects lived in al-Yasmeen (Jasmine) neighborhood. They didn’t go to the mosque to pray and concealed themselves from passersby and neighbors.
They drove a Yukon car and used the Internet a lot. They would quickly return home after going out. When besieged, they responded to security forces by opening fire.
Two of them tried to steal a security patrol car to flee. They had Kalashnikov rifles that can kill dozens but a brave soldier, armed only with his ordinary gun, shot them down immediately.
This bravery reflected high-level training of security forces and great expertise while handling terrorist attacks and skills at combating lone wolves.
History of terror
Saudi Arabia has had a long history of terrorism. Let’s recall how Saudi Arabia confronted al-Qaeda. We can recall similar heroic acts being reported from Asir to Jawf and from Jeddah to Qassim and Dammam. They are all stories of policemen and emergency and security personnel.
The bravery of the policeman reflected high-level training of security forces, expertise while handling terrorist attacks and skills at combating lone wolvesTurki Aldakhil
The state policeman with a simple gun defeated brutal terrorists armed with rifles. It’s simply an image that speaks a thousand words of the sincerity of a city emerging victorious over the brutality of the jungle.
It’s the bravery of a lion versus the cowardice of terrorists aided by devils on the planet.
This article was first published in Okaz on Jan 9, 2017.
Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.