Chief of Public Security Major-General Tariq Hassan Al Hassan has announced that over the past 24 hours there have been several incidents of violent attacks on police officers and citizens, destruction of property and blocking of roads. In addition, store-owners were threatened not to open for business today and road blocks erected in some villages to prevent residents from going to work.
Police responded to restore order and clear roads. Traffic flowed freely in the vast majority of areas throughout the day.
When necessary, the police employed proportionate force to disperse violent crowds. Most incidents involved small groups of rioters who were quickly dispersed before they could amass into larger groups. During some of these dispersals, several police officers were injured. Some were injured severely and required hospital care.
The most violent group amassed at around 8am in the village of Daih where 300 rioters assembled to attack police deployed in the area, with rocks, steel rods and Molotov cocktails. Warning shots were fired but failed to disperse the advancing crowd which continued their attack. Officers discharged birdshot to defend themselves and at least one rioter was injured in the process. A short time later, a young man was pronounced dead at Salmaniya Medical Complex.
An immediate investigation into the death has been launched by the Public Prosecutor in conjunction with the Medical Examiner.
The Chief offered his condolences to the family of the deceased. He also took the opportunity to reiterate his statement of last night in which he had advised young men to avoid taking part in violent street activities and riots. He also reminded parents of their obligation to ensure that their children stayed away from violent protests and that they should know the whereabouts of their children at all times.
In conclusion, the Chief warned people not to exploit the young man's death for political purposes or as an excuse to engage in criminal or riotous behaviour. He said there would be additional police officers deployed throughout the weekend and whenever illegal activity occurred, arrests would be made.
Residents are reminded to avoid suspicious packages and are asked to call 999 or police hotline 80008008 to report any suspicious objects or criminal activity.
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