The man who tried to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s anti-terror chief last Thursday managed to get past security in a Jeddah palace by hiding explosives in his rectum.
The method of hiding explosives inside the body is unprecedented among Al-Qa’ida terrorists, and may draw a re-examination and alteration of security arrangements around sensitive facilities and individuals in the Saudi kingdom.
The man targeted, Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, is assistant to the Interior Minister for Security Affairs, and is spearheading the fight against terrorism.
The assailant called the Ministry of Interior and asked to declare his repentance in front of the prince and make a statement urging his peers to abandon Al-Qa’ida’s ideologies.
On Thursday evening, he went to the prince’s palace in the coastal town of Jeddah and sailed through the security checks with the undetected explosives inside him.
When the prince was informed of his arrival, he walked into a six-by-seven-meter long room next to his office in the palace to greet the man he thought would be a remorseful terrorist.
The terrorist came to the entrance of the room and the prince moved towards the door to usher him in. He greeted him and invited him to sit down on one of the sofas, while the prince himself sat on another sofa no more than two meters away from where the bomber was located.
The prince got a call on his cell phone and began talking, and at that moment the bomber detonated the explosives. His body was torn apart and, according to the report, only divine intervention saved the prince from sustaining more severe wounds.
(Anal probes for all individuals in Saudi Arabia! It’s our only hope to fight terrorism)