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Theatre Performers Stabbed During Show in Riyadh

RIYADH: A man has stabbed three performers at a live show in Saudi Arabia’s capital and was arrested, state television reports, adding that the victims were in stable condition.

The incident occurred at King Abdullah Park in central Riyadh, one of several venues hosting a two-month long entertainment festival as part of government efforts to open up Saudi society and diversify its economy away from oil.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has eased social restrictions and promoted entertainment previously banned in the conservative Muslim kingdom, risking a backlash from religious critics.

A video tweeted by state television Al Ekhbariya appeared to show a man in street clothes rushing the stage towards a group of costumed performers and then falling to the ground as someone else chased him.

The culprit, a 33-year-old expatriate of Yemeni nationality, was seized immediately after storming the theater and was arrested. The knife used in the attack was seized in his possession.