Thousands attend Shi'ites burial

2014-11-08 07:56

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Riyadh - Thousands of mourners on Friday joined the funeral of eight people killed during an unprecedented rampage against minority Shi'ites in Saudi Arabia's eastern province.

Seven of the dead were killed on Monay when masked gunmen opened fire at a crowd in Al-Dalwa town, as Shi'ites commemorated Ashura, one of their holiest occasions.

An eighth from a neighbouring village was killed by the assailants as they robbed his car to use in the attack, residents said.

Mourners poured into Al-Dalwa from across the Sunni-dominated kingdom and some also came from neighbouring Bahrain.

"Sunnis and Shi'ites...we're brothers! We shall not abandon our homeland," chanted mourners, according to footage aired online, amid calls to reject sectarianism.

Senior officials in the kingdom have denounced the "terrorist" attack, which also led to the deaths of two policemen in a shootout with alleged suspects.

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