Three performers were stabbed during a play in the Saudi capital Monday and the alleged assailant was arrested, in the first such incident since the kingdom opened its doors for entertainment.
“Riyadh police have arrested an Arab resident in possession of a knife after he stabbed two men and a woman who were members of a theatrical group,” al-Ekhbariya television reported.
Lt. Col. Shaker bin Sulaiman al-Tuwaijri, the media spokesperson for the Riyadh Police, said security services responded to an incident at 8 pm local time after a man stabbed two men and a woman on stage during a live event at King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Park theater in the al-Malaz district.
The spokesperson added that the assailant, identified 33-year-old Yemeni resident, was immediately arrested upon storming the stage.
According to the police, medical attention was provided to three performers who sustained superficial wounds and that they were currently in stable condition.
The man was seen stomping onto the stage to attack performers in theatrical costumes during a musical performance.