Grand Mufti tells militants to surrender

Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti yesterday called upon Al-Qaeda militants in the country to repent and surrender to the authorities. He also praised Saudi security forces for launching pre-emptive strikes to foil terrorist attacks.

In a statement following Tuesday’s anti-terror operation in Dammam, which led to the killing of five most-wanted terrorists, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh urged citizens, including imams, to extend full cooperation to security forces in the fight against terrorism.

“Parents must inform police if their children persist to follow the deviant ideology even after they were given advice by themselves as wells as Islamic scholars,” he said, adding that such steps are imperative to protect the country from terrorist operations.