Kuwait News Update, June 29: Yesterday, Kuwait witnessed one of the most heinous crimes that killed the late policeman, Abdulaziz Al-Rashidi, from the salaries of the General Traffic Department, at the hands of a Syrian resident who also killed his mother.
The beginning was with the murderer committing the crime of killing his mother, a Kuwaiti citizen, in the Al-Qusour area, and then killing the martyr Al-Rashidi in Mahboula, and fleeing to a farm in the Al-Wafra area, where the Special Forces surrounded him and negotiated with him because he was armed, before storming the place after being injured. In shooting, he succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
The General Department of Relations and Security Media at the Ministry of Interior stated, in a statement, that “the concerned security services were able to arrest the perpetrator of the two crimes of killing the martyr of police duty, Abdulaziz Muhammad Al-Rashidi, from the salaries of the General Traffic Department while performing his work in the Ahmadi Governorate, and his mother in Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate.” After an exchange of fire between him and the security men, he was wounded and taken to hospital, but he died.”
She explained that a report was received to the Operations Room of the Ministry of Interior stating that a person attacked his mother in Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate.
She added that another report was received that a person ran over a traffic man while organizing traffic in the Ahmadi Governorate, and stabbed him several times until he died, and fled.
Immediately, a search and investigation team was formed by the relevant security sectors, which monitored and located the perpetrator, who is a resident of Arab nationality and was arrested in the Wafra area.
Sequence of events
Security sources revealed to Al-Rai the details of the chronology of events:
The criminal killed his mother in their house in the Al-Qusour area, where he stabbed her with the shoulder and below the shoulder.
The killer’s mother died while being treated.
The killer fled until he reached the Mahboula area, supported the traffic police patrol with his car, and ran over the policeman Abdul Aziz Al-Rashidi, then took out a knife and stabbed him 7, stole his weapon, and fled.
The martyred policeman was at a fixed point alone during the incident, then his colleague on another patrol came to replace him, but he was surprised by the scene of the assault on his colleague.
The martyred policeman did not have time to use the weapon and the second policeman also, and the same was true for the passersby who did nothing.
The patrol’s camera filmed the killer, and the substitute policeman chased after him and picked up his car number.
Operations were notified and security personnel came to the scene of the accident.
After circulating the killer’s specifications and the specifications of his car, a policeman at Al-Wafra police station saw him walking, so he reported him and asked for support.
As soon as the support from the Special Forces arrived to negotiate with him to surrender, the killer shot them with the weapon he had, hitting the windshield of Major General Shukri Al-Najjar’s car after he got out of his car and fled to one of the private farms in the Wafra area.
He was answered by the Special Forces, and he was wounded with 3 bullets, and the weapon was seized.
While he was being taken in an ambulance to the hospital for treatment, he insulted the security forces and threatened them.
After arriving at the hospital, he died of his injuries.
Later, the security forces found the killer’s car on the outskirts of the Wafra area, and it was out of fuel.
The second policeman, who arrived at the scene when the incident occurred, was interrogated by the Public Prosecution Office and his statements were heard as a witness, then he was released.
That’s why the martyr was alone on the patrol
A security source in the Ministry of Interior revealed to Al-Rai that the martyr Abdulaziz Al-Rashidi was carrying a weapon, but he did not have time to use it to defend himself. He explained that “all security men have instructions to shoot in such cases, and no one waits to obtain prior permission, as he is the one who evaluates the situation he is in,” stressing that the presence of one security man in the traffic patrol is due to the origin because their work is limited to organizing traffic and supervising accidents. The situation is different for the emergency and public security patrols, as they receive communications and deal with all security incidents in the country.
The same source pointed out that “due to the distribution of a lot of traffic patrols to health quarries, hospitals and markets, and with the increase in vehicle accidents on the roads, all of this contributed greatly to pressure on the traffic sector, especially since the number of patrols and individuals need to increase with the urban expansion in the country. ».
Security men to “Al-Rai”: Shooting is strictly controlled…and the solution is to hand us over “Tazer”
A number of police and security men expressed their grief over the loss of a colleague in arms, Abdulaziz Al-Rashidi, and confirmed to Al-Rai that “a large number of security men do not have full powers to shoot criminals, and that there are strict instructions from the directors of departments in a number of sectors of the Ministry of Interior not to shoot Fire unless the number exceeds 5 people, and the weapon is not aimed directly, but a warning shot is fired in the air.”
They added, “If we shoot, we will face penalties and discipline from our departments, with the possibility of transferring us to the military prison or delaying our rank or transferring us to other departments.”
The soldiers demanded that they be given a Taser, a stun gun that is an electric weapon designed to stop a person’s movement, without causing serious bodily damage.
They emphasized that many countries provide their security men with this type of weapon that is used only to paralyze the accused’s movement and control him, knowing that they received courses on it, but they did not receive it.
Negative effects of the many tasks entrusted to the security forces
Security sources revealed that the distribution of military tasks to markets and health quarries, and the implementation of cabinet decisions, contributed in one way or another to the preoccupation of security men with combating crime, arresting suspects, and following up on cases.
She pointed out that the Public Security Force, which is estimated at 3,500 officers and soldiers, a third of it is working to support other government agencies in implementing decisions related to confronting the “Corona” virus, the latest of which is the decision to prevent the entry of unvaccinated people to major complexes and many vital facilities.
The sources said that “about 1,200 soldiers are distributed in markets, compounds, vaccination centers, and quarries, and this undoubtedly contributes to their preoccupation with work far from combating crime, receiving reports and controlling the security system in the country.”