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Four killed in Saudi Arabia checkpoint shootout: ministry


    Agence France-Presse

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia   /   Mon, July 9, 2018   /   03:46 am
Four killed in Saudi Arabia checkpoint shootout: ministry A picture taken on May 31, 2017 shows a police car entering through the main entrance of the Kingdom school in Riyadh. A gunman killed two staff at a private school in the Saudi Arabian capital on Wednesday, a security source told AFP. (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)

A drive-by shooting against a checkpoint in central Saudi Arabia and an ensuing gunfight Sunday left a security officer, a Bangladeshi civilian and two attackers dead, the kingdom's interior ministry said.

"A security checkpoint on the Buraydah-Tarfiyah road in Qassim region came under fire from three terrorists riding in a vehicle on Sunday afternoon," the ministry said in a statement. 

"Two of the terrorists were killed and a third was wounded and transferred to hospital," it added. 

Sergeant Suleiman Abdelaziz Abdel Latif was named as the Saudi fatality. The ministry said a Bangladeshi resident was also killed, but did not announce his name. 

The authorities said a criminal investigation has been launched into the attack. 

Four Saudi policemen were killed and four others wounded on April 20 in an attack targeting a checkpoint in the southwestern province of Asir. 

The kingdom has seen numerous attacks in recent years by jihadists, including Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group, against security forces. 

It has also seen clashes between Shiite militants and security forces in the eastern provinces.