Several "wanted individuals" were killed in a shootout with security forces in Saudi Arabia’s eastern Qatif province, Saudi authorities said Tuesday.
"Security forces conducted a preemptive operation in Qatif, which led to the killing of several wanted individuals and the arrest of a number of others," Saudi Arabia’s Al-Arabiya satellite TV channel reported.
Citing "well-informed sources”, the broadcaster added that the slain and arrested individuals had “posed a threat to the kingdom's security”.
Al-Arabiya provided no further details, while the Saudi authorities have yet to officially comment on the incident.
Saudi Arabia’s Shia-majority Qatif province has been shaken in recent years by a number of pro-reform demonstrations.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.