authorities on Tuesday foiled attempts to smuggle in arms and a large
quantity of ammunition through the southern and northern border
stopped a man in the southern border town of Jizan while trying to
smuggle in 146,000 bullets in a Toyota jeep, informed sources said
without identifying the smuggler.
The sources said
the smuggler tried to cross a checkpoint in his jeep with cartons of
hidden ammunition. “When the officers checked the vehicle they found
50 cartons each with 720 Kalashnikov bullets, 40 cartons each with 250
Belgian bullets and 20 cartons each with 5,000 bullets (make not
identified),” the sources said, adding that the authorities also
stopped smuggling of 100 kilograms of qat.
At Jadeeda Arar
border point, in northern Saudi Arabia, customs officers seized an
unspecified quantity of weapons and ammunition hidden in a bus
carrying Daghestani pilgrims.
told Arab News that the arms and ammunitions confiscated from the bus
included 42 air guns, 45 pistols, 26 bayonets and three bags
containing bullets. They said the officers arrested the bus driver and
handed him to security authorities for questioning.
Two held for
forging Haj permits: In another development, two expatriate workers
were arrested in Riyadh recently for allegedly forging Haj and travel
permits. Col. Abdul Rahman Al-Sayegh, director of the department for
the supervision of expatriates in Riyadh, said his officers held an
expatriate for forging Haj permits at his hideout after watching his
He said the man
forged Haj permits and sold them to expatriates at SR400 per document.
Preliminary investigations found that the man worked as self-styled
“muaqeb” or government relations officer, Sayegh said, adding that
he exploited the situation of expatriate pilgrims to make money. The
Passport Department issues Haj permits free of charge.
Sayegh said the
department also held an expatriate barber while selling forged travel
permits at the rate of SR50. The man gave travel documents to
expatriates without the permission of their sponsors, he pointed out.
fraudsters will be handed to a special committee for further
investigation and face imprisonment and deportation,” he added.
Al-Sawat, head of the Haj permits section, said several applicants had
made contracts with organizations which had already used up their
quota. Some applicants did not even produce the contracts with the
Ministry has announced that all domestic pilgrims, both Saudis and
expatriates, should apply for Haj permits with a service contract
attached. The Haj permit office in Riyadh receives over 4,000
inquiries daily and over 30,000 permits have already been issued,