Saudi Arabia sentences Riyadh concert stabber to death

The arrested while stabbing three performers at a live show in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh

A Saudi Arabian court sentenced on Sunday a man accused of stabbing three performers at a live show in the capital Riyadh in November to death.

The man was operating under orders from al-Qaeda in Yemen, state television channel Ekhbariya said earlier this month.

The court sentenced another man, 33-year-old, for the same incident to 12 and a half years.

The November 11 attack occurred at King Abdullah Park. It’s one of several venues hosting a months-long entertainment festival. Such concerts are parts of government efforts to open up Saudi society and diversify its economy away from oil.

The victims of the attack, two men and a woman, sustained “superficial wounds”. They recovered after receiving medical care, state media reported at the time.