Kareem Khan Refutes Presence of the Isma’eli Sect in Najran [Archives:2000/18/Local News]

May 1 2000

The leader of the Islamic Isma’eli Sect Kareem Khan refuted last week in Paris the reports about the presence of Isma’elis in Najran Province, Saudi Arabia. News has reported that Saudi Police broke into a mosque belonging to the Sect in Najran, arrested some members and confiscated some of its books.
On the other hand, members of the Islamic Isma’eli Sect in Yemen have issued a statement considering the event as an emphasis on the philosophy of Wahabite doctrine, which is based on recoursing to force, terrorism, oppression and tormentation against the rest of Islamic doctrines and sects. The Sect appeals to all the international organizations concerned with human rights to stop what they described as aggression intended for committing genocide against members of this sect. On another level, at least 40 people were killed in the incidents that took place along the border. The fighting, between Saudi police and members of the Ismaili sect, broke out after a large crowd marched on the palace Governor Prince Mishaal bin Saud in Najran demanding the release of the man, which the Saudi authorities already arrested.