Saudi says blast tar­geted se­cu­rity pa­trol

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

RIYADH, Saudi Ara­bia — The spokesman for Saudi Ara­bia’s In­te­rior Min­istry said a mil­i­tant bomb at­tack killed a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer and wounded six oth­ers in a pre­dom­i­nantly Shi­ite town in the king­dom’s res­tive east­ern prov­ince.

Maj. Gen. Man­sour al-Turki said in a state­ment that was re­leased Sun­day evening that the at­tack tar­geted a se­cu­rity pa­trol in the morn­ing hours in the al-Mo­sawara district in the heav­ily Shi­ite-pop­u­lated gover­norate of Qatif.

He said the wounded men were in sta­ble con­di­tion in a hos­pi­tal and that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der­way into this “ter­ror­ist crime.”

Vi­o­lence be­tween Shi­ite mil­i­tants and se­cu­rity forces in the prov­ince has in­creased in re­cent weeks.

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