Saudis turn themselves in over attacks: Ministry
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - Three Saudi Arabians wanted in connection with protests, unrest and attacks on police in the Shiitemajority eastern district of Qatif turned themselves in on Monday, the Interior Ministry said.
The three men were on a ‘list of 23 fugitives wanted for crimes’ in Qatif, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.
It warned that people who ‘harbour or conceal’ any suspects ‘could face consequences’.
Qatif is home to a significant number of the kingdom’s minority Shiites, who are estimated at around ten per cent of the population and who have long complained of marginalisation by the Sunni authorities.
Since 2011, there has been a crackdown on political dissent in Qatif which has seen a string of assaults on security forces in recent weeks.
Six officers were wounded on Sunday when their patrol came under attack in the Al-Masoura neighbourhood of Qatif.