RIYADH- Saudi authorities today beheaded a national for murder and a Pakistani for drug trafficking, the interior ministry said, amid a surge in executions in the kingdom this year.

Pakistani citizen Benyameen Ali Ahmed was executed in Jeddah after being convicted of smuggling drugs in his stomach, the ministry said. Nader bin Mussa al-Harbi was found guilty of strangling compatriot Bandar bin Muhya al-Harbi over a dispute, the ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.