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A Saudi policeman checks the ID card of a driver at a checkpoint in Qatif region (AFP Photo/FAYEZ NURELDINE)

Qatif- Two wanted men were killed in a vehicle explosion on Thursday in Qatif, near Mayas Market.

The blast occurred one hour before the iftar and killed the two men who are wanted for their involvement in various terrorist cases and for targeting two security patrols.

A witness told Asharq Al-Awsat that the vehicle blasted near Mayas Market in Qatif, causing huge panic before the iftar on the sixth day of Ramadan especially that the place has witnessed in 2016 a similar terrorist act.

The blast caused no human or material damage other than the vehicle and the two individuals who were about to get inside it – the explosion occurred in the same region that was targeted by ISIS on May 5 2016 in a failed attack.

Saudi authorities defied a terrorist group in Awwamiya that has attempted to disrupt the development movement in Mosawara, east Saudi Arabia, by firing on the laborers during their work and on the security men simultaneously.

Shi’ite clerks in Qatif called on those involved to drop their weapons – a statement was signed by eight clerks who urged the region’s sheikhs to make it clear in their sermons and statements that they denounce violence and the use of arms against the state or citizens.

The statement called on Awwamiya men and elite to play an active role in putting an end to this suffering.

UAE denounced the terrorist attack that targeted security and stability in Qatif, east Saudi Arabia. UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued a statement to condemn “this terrorist attack that aimed at shaking security and stability of the kingdom.”

The ministry further hailed the kingdom’s efforts in defying terrorism in all its forms, stressing UAE’s full support to the kingdom and backing its procedures taken against extremism and terrorism. It also underscored that Saudi Arabia’s security and stability are the backbone of the Arabian Gulf.