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Four killed in Saudi Arabia checkpoint shootout

  • Published at 02:33 pm July 9th, 2018
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A security officer, a Bangladeshi civilian and two attackers dead in the gunfight

A drive-by shooting against a checkpoint in central Saudi Arabia and an ensuing gunfight Sunday left a security officer, a Bangladeshi civilian and two attackers dead, the kingdom's interior ministry said.

"A security checkpoint on the Buraydah-Tarfiyah road in Qassim region came under fire from three terrorists riding in a vehicle on Sunday afternoon," the ministry said in a statement. 

"Two of the terrorists were killed and a third was wounded and transferred to hospital," it added. 

Sergeant Suleiman Abdelaziz Abdel Latif was named as the Saudi fatality. The ministry said a Bangladeshi resident was also killed, but did not announce his name. 

The authorities said a criminal investigation has been launched into the attack. 

Four Saudi policemen were killed and four others wounded on April 20 in an attack targeting a checkpoint in the southwestern province of Asir. 

The kingdom has seen numerous attacks in recent years by jihadists, including al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group, against security forces. 

It has also seen clashes between Shia militants and security forces in the eastern provinces.