Saudis execute 4 over attacks on police, riots
Saudi Arabia yesterday executed four men convicted of “terrorist crimes” including attacks on police and participating in riots in the district of Qatif, the kingdom said. The interior ministry named the four as Zaher Al-Basri, Yusof Al-Meshikhes, Mahdi AlSayyegh and Amjad Al-Emeibid, according to a statement aired by Al-Ekhbariyah state news channel. They were convicted of “disobeying the ruler” and attempting to “sow sedition” in the kingdom, according to the statement.
They were found guilty of charges including opening fire at police centers in villages in Qatif, in Eastern Province, and taking part in riots and hurling petrol bombs at security forces and government installations. The executions come amid mounting attacks on police in Qatif, home to a significant part of the kingdom’s Shiite minority which has traditionally complained of marginalization.
On Saturday, two police officers were wounded in an attack on a patrol in Qatif, while a police corporal was killed in a bombing in the same area on Thursday.