Saudi Arabian police kill attacker

2012-07-14 13:30
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Riyadh - Saudi Arabia says police have shot dead a man who tried to firebomb a police station in a restive Shi'ite-majority eastern district, while four policemen were injured in another attack.

Interior Ministry spokesperson Major General Mansour al-Turki said in a statement that four masked men on motorcycles threw the firebomb at a station in the Awamiya neighbourhood of Qatif late on Friday night. Police killed one and the rest fled.

He said that in a nearby district, Sihat, masked attackers on motorcycles fired at two security patrols, wounding four. It was not clear if the attackers were the same group.

Shi'ites, who make up 10% of the kingdom's population and are concentrated in the oil-rich east, have staged frequent demonstrations against Saudi Arabia's Sunni rulers in the last year.

- AP

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