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6 killed in shootout in Saudi Arabia

Social media users call for firearms ban

Mahmoud Mohamed Barakat   | 27.05.2020
6 killed in shootout in Saudi Arabia


Six people were killed and three others injured in a fire exchange in southwestern Saudi Arabia, according to a local police officer on Wednesday.

"Security authorities received a report of shooting between a number of people in Al-Amoah province," the official SPA news agency reported citing Zaid Muhammad al-Sabbash, a spokesman for Aseer region's police.

The spokesman said security forces have taken measures to arrest the rest of suspects.

The cause of the shootout is not yet clear, but social media users blamed a dispute between two families over a land lot for the incident. Many users also called for banning firearms in the kingdom.

According to Saudi law, those convicted of intentional homicides are sentenced to death, while the execution of the ruling precludes the pardon of the deceased's family in some cases, with or without financial compensation.

*Writing by Mahmoud Barakat

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