Saudi police kill two in shootout

Saudi security forces have shot dead two men who were wanted for the weekend killing of a senior security official.

    Saudi Arabia has been battling an insurgency for two years

    The suspects were killed on Tuesday in a shootout in the Red Sea city of Jedda. Three policemen were wounded in the exchange - one seriously, the official Saudi Press Agency said.

    On Saturday, Saudi intelligence officer Lieutenant Colonel Mubarak al-Sawwat was shot dead as he was leaving his home in the holy city of Makka.

    An Interior Ministry statement blamed his killing on the "deviant bunch" - a Saudi euphemism for the al-Qaida group.

    It said that early on Tuesday, the security forces detected the two suspects in a car in Jedda.

    The suspects opened fire before police returned fire and crippled their car, according to the ministry.

    The suspects then fled to a building where they were ultimately shot dead.

    Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Osama bin Laden, has witnessed a spate of attacks over the past two years that authorities have blamed on "terrorists" intent on destabilising the country.

    On the other hand, Saudi dissidents say the ruling House of Saud is dictatorial and beholden to the West.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.