ASSAILANT DIES AFTER SHOOTOUT WITH SPECIAL FORCES
Syrian had earlier killed mother
KUWAIT CITY, June 28: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Monday cabled family of the deceased police officer Abdulaziz Al-Rasheedi who died while performing his duties with utter faithfulness and devotion. His Highness the Amir invoked Almighty Allah to bestow mercy and forgiveness upon the soul of the lost officer and wished his bereaved family patience and solace. For his part, His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah also addressed a cable of condolences to the officer’s family, expressing sincere consolation for the loss of their loved one, praying to His Almighty to embrace his soul with mercy and wishing his family patience and consolation.
Meanwhile, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah sent a cable of identical content to the bereaved family. Ministry of Interior (MoI) expressed grief over the death of the police officer. In a statement, the General Department of Relations and Security Media at the Ministry, mourned martyr of duty Al-Rashedi and offered condolences to the deceased’s family, praying to Allah Almighty to bless his soul with mercy in Paradise and bring solace to his relatives.
In the early hours of Monday, June 28, a 1992-born Syrian national Ahmed Hamad Al-Alwash stabbed to death his Kuwaiti mother in her house in Qusour area, and a traffic officer Abdul Aziz Al-Rasheedi who was on duty in Mahboula area. The assailant later succumbed to the injuries he sustained in a gun battle that took place between him and Special Forces officers in Wafra Agricultural Area.
According to security sources, when the Operations Room of Ministry of Interior received a report about a murder in a house in Qusour area, policemen and paramedics were dispatched to the location. They found the corpse of a 1967-born Kuwaiti woman who was stabbed multiple times. The victim’s son informed policemen that his brother was the one who committed the heinous crime and had fled from the scene, and gave them the suspect’s description and other information necessary to locate him.
The officers immediately embarked on a search to find the runaway suspect. Not long after, the Operations Room of the Ministry of Interior received another report of a police officer who was run down and stabbed at a roundabout between Mahboula and Abu Halifa areas. Policemen rushed to the scene and realized that the attack was committed by the same individual who stabbed his mother in Qusour area. They were informed that the suspect fled from the scene in a white SUV.
An intensive search operation ensued, especially after receiving information that the suspect fled to Wafra Agricultural Area. A wide alert was sent to patrol officers about the suspect, describing him as armed and dangerous, and warranting “shoot to kill” orders. Policemen along with officers of the Special Forces rushed to the area. Upon their arrival at the location of the assailant, a gun battle ensued between them and the suspect, during which the latter was shot and incapacitated. This enabled the officers to arrest him.
Due to the injuries he sustained, they rushed him to Adan Hospital under heavy security guard. However, he eventually succumbed to those injuries, and his body was referred to the Forensics Department. Several members of the public raised questions about the fact that the “martyr of duty”Abdulaziz Al- Rasheedi was stabbed by the suspect several times in public and no one intervened, especially since two patrol cars were apparently present at the location at the time of the incident.
In response, security sources told Al-Seyassah/Arab Times daily that an officer was present at the location but he was sitting in a patrol car to report that the suspect was in possession of the victim’s weapon. Investigations are underway with the officer to determine his exact location when the crime occurred. National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim and several MPs have commented on the murder of traffic officer Abdulaziz Muhammad Al-Rasheedi. The murder took place early morning Monday when Al-Rasheedi stopped a Syrian who violated traffic rules.
However, the Syrian stabbed the officer with a knife when the latter issued a citation for the traffic violation. Al-Ghanim attended the funeral of Al-Rasheedi who was buried at Sulaibikhat graveyard on Monday. He expressed condolences to the victim’s family, stressing that the horrible crime affected all Kuwaiti families, not only the family of the victim. He asked the Ministry of Interior to take the necessary measures to prevent the recurrence of such crimes. MP Ahmed Al-Hamad urged the ministry to develop its system in order to provide more protection for securitymen. He argued the ministry’s decision to dispatch a large number of securitymen in various establishments to ensure strict compliance with the directive to ban the entry of unvaccinated individuals to commercial complexes and other establishments should not lead to lesser security presence in other areas. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh and Munaif Nayef Arab Times Staff and Agencies