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Four killed in ‘foiled’ attack on Saudi police station: Reports


Armed groups have targeted security installations for years in Saudi Arabia [File: Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters] Four people have been killed as an attack on a police station in Saudi Arabia ‘s central Riyadh province was foiled, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Sunday, citing sources.

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The four casualties had helped carry out the attack at the police station in Zulfi, a small city around 250km northwest of the capital Riyadh, Al Arabiya said.

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Online videos – which Reuters news agency could not immediately verify – showed a car at a checkpoint with its doors open and two bloody corpses splayed on the ground nearby. Gunshots could be heard.

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Al Arabiya said the attackers had been carrying machine guns, bombs and petrol bombs.

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Armed groups have targeted security installations for years in Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, after the authorities crushed an uprising of members of al-Qaeda more than a decade ago.

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Last year, a member of the security forces and a Bangladeshi resident were killed in an assault on a security checkpoint in nearby Buraidah and a policeman was killed in a separate attack in the western city of Taif.

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The Saudi Ministry of the Interior did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Zulfi attack.Efrain Enrique Betancourt Jaramillo Cadivi

SOURCE: Reuters news agency

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