Saudi police kill 2 gunmen in town raid

Four other Saudis who also had "criminal records and have taken part in terror acts" were arrested following the clash on Tuesday morning, the ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.

Saudi police kill 2 gunmen in town raid

World Bulletin / News Desk

Saudi police shot dead two gunmen after they opened fire on security forces during a raid in a flashpoint  community, the interior ministry said Wednesday.

It said security forces were storming a farm north of the town of Awamiya "used by terrorists for plotting and preparation of terror attacks" when they came under fire from a nearby farm.

Police found ammunition and materials for making explosives in both farms after the clash in which security forces "killed those who opened fire", it said.

Awamiya, a town of 30,000 in the Qatif region of eastern Saudi Arabia, has been the scene of repeated security incidents in recent years.

It was the home of Nimr al-Nimr, a cleric put to death in January last year for "terrorism". His execution prompted Iranian protesters to torch Saudi diplomatic missions, leading Riyadh to sever ties with Tehran.

Nimr was a driving force behind protests by residents that began in 2011 and developed into a call for equality in the kingdom.

A teenage suspect died from wounds earlier this month when police retaliated after coming under fire while looking for suspects hiding among abandoned homes in Awamiya.

Most of Saudi Arabia's Shiites live in the oil-rich east, where they have long complained of marginalisation.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Mart 2017, 16:44