Man held in Saudi for claiming to be a prophet

Saudi police arrested an Arab expatriate after he claimed to be a prophet in front of shocked worshippers who packed a mosque for prayers in the Gulf kingdom.

Hundreds of Moslems have just finished the evening prayers at Omar bin Al Khattab Mosque in the eastern town of Nuairiya when the man climbed the podium, seized the loudspeaker and addressed the crowd.

“I am your messenger sent to you by God…come to us,” he told the worshippers after making a brief sermon, according to Alyoum newspaper.

“Many of them then rushed towards him and shut the loudspeaker…they then called the police who came and arrested the man.”

Man killed after suicide joke

A Saudi man on a hunting trip with his friends was killed when he aimed his gun at his head and pretended to be committing a suicide.

The group had just stopped for a break during the trip in the northwestern town of Al Ajfar when the man, in his 40s, aimed the gun at his head and told his friends he would kill himself. Knowing he was joking, they just laughed.

“Suddenly, a shot was fired and the bullet pierced into the man’s head, killing him instantly,” Aleqtisadiah newspaper said.

It quoted police spokesman Colonel Abdul Aziz Al Zinaidi as saying the man appeared to have shot himself by accident.

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