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Saudi Arabia: 11 security officers injured in attack in Qatif | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat – The Saudi Interior Ministry yesterday announced that security forces had dispersed a gathering by a “group of instigators of sedition, discord, and unrest” near Al-Reef Roundabout in the town of al-Awamia in Qatif Governorate. Some members of this group were reportedly on motorcycles, whilst others were carrying Molotov cocktails. After the Saudi Arabian security forces had dispersed this group, they were subject to “automatic weapons fire from a nearby neighborhood” resulting in the injury of 11 security officers; nine of whom were injured by weapons fire, and two by Molotov cocktail attack. A man and two women in a nearby building were also injured.

In the statement issued by the Saudi Interior Ministry on Tuesday, Riyadh accused this “group of instigators” of acting “at the behest of a foreign country seeking to undermine the security and stability” of Saudi Arabia.

The statement added that this “instigation was accepted by some weak-minded people” who did not believe that Riyadh would take a “firm stand against whoever surrenders his will to the instructions and orders of foreign entities that seek to extend their influence.”

The Saudi Interior Ministry statement also said that “these people have to clearly decide whether their loyalty is to Allah and their homeland or that [foreign] state and its authority.” The statement stressed that such actions represent “blatant interference in national sovereignty.”

The Saudi Interior Ministry also said that “it will not tolerate any breach of the stability and security of Saudi Arabia and its citizens” adding that it will deal with anyone who tries to undermine Saudi security “with an iron first.”

The statement also called on the family of those Saudi citizens who have been misled into committing such breaches of security to “bear their responsibilities towards their sons; otherwise, everybody will bear the consequences of their actions.”