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Members of Saudi security forces stand guard in Jazan. Reuters

Saudi security forces undertook an operation against ISIS fighters in Mecca on Thursday, state television channel Ekhbariya said.

“The security authorities succeeded in their operation against a number of ISIS partisans holed up at a recreational area in Mecca,” the TV station said in a news flash.

Last week, Saudi forces killed two ISIS suspects in southwestern Bisha province.

Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency late Friday that security forces tried to stop two cars but the drivers fled and took refuge in nearby mountains before one of the cars exploded.

Al-Turki said the two continued firing at security forces, but were eventually killed with the help of a helicopter gunship.

Saudi Arabia has been hit by a spate of deadly shootings and bombings. ISIS’s local branches have claimed many of them.