saudi arabia

Woman on trial for aiding husband in terror attack

She helped conceal explosives belt used in mosque attack on August 6, 2015

13:08 January 31, 2018

Manama: The trial of a woman who helped her husband carry the explosives belt used in a deadly attack on a mosque on August 6, 2015, has begun in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The woman concealed the belt under her feet as her husband drove more than 1,000km from Riyadh to Aseer province in southwestern Saudi Arabia, the public prosecution said.

The attack on the mosque inside the Special Forces headquarters in Abha during the duhr (noon) prayers killed five soldiers, six military trainees and four Bangladeshi workers.

The defendant, who was not named, was charged with supporting Daesh, accompanying her husband as he transported the explosives belt, failing to report that he was a member of a terror group, and willingly accompanying him whenever he met terrorists, Saudi daily Okaz reported on Wednesday.

She was also accused of failing to inform security authorities that her husband had travelled to Syria to take part in armed conflicts, not reporting that her husband harboured terrorists in their house and of conspiring in funding terrorism by not reporting that her husband had received money on several occasions to fund terrorist activities.

The public prosecution sought the harshest punishment for the defendant.

According to Okaz, the woman told the court she wanted her brothers to plead her case.

Women have been used by Daesh and other terror groups to conceal or carry weapons.