Irishman shot dead in Saudi

An Irish citizen has been shot and killed after armed men stormed his office in Riyadh and opened fire with machine guns.

    Two armed men stormed the office and began shooting

    A Saudi official said at least two armed men stormed the office of the Saudi-owned company Rocky for Trade and Construction at 6.30pm (1530 GMT) on Tuesday and began shooting.

    A spokeswoman for Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs said she could not immediately comment on the report, but had since confirmed the death of Anthony Higgins.

    It was the second killing of an Irish citizen by Saudi rebels in two months.
     
    On 6 June, 36-year-old Simon Cumbers - a cameraman with the BBC - was shot and killed while videotaping a family home in Riyadh.

    Various armed groups in the kingdom, such as the al-Haramain Brigades, criticise the government's relations with the West and are attempting to scare foreign workers into leaving the country.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    How the art world's hunger for ancient artefacts is destroying a centuries-old culture. A journey across the Himalayas.