Riyadh- The Saudi Interior Ministry announced that a security officer was killed in a terrorist attack.
Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, security spokesman at the Ministry of Interior, said that soldiers were part of a security patrol, which was hit by an explosive projectile at around 7 a.m. in Al-Musawara, Qatif.
“This terrorist attack resulted in the martyrdom of Vice Sergeant Adel Falih al-Otaibi and injury of three other security men, who were taken to the hospital,” the spokesman said.
The security agencies have launched an investigation into the terrorist crime, he added.
Earlier, Saudi authorities defied a terrorist group in al-Awamiyah that has attempted to disrupt the development in Musawara (eastern Saudi Arabia) after opening fire on laborers and security men. In the meantime, scholars and sheikhs in Qatif called on those involved to drop their weapons.
The statement was signed by eight Shi’ite scholars who urged the region scholars to make it clear in their sermons that they denounce violence and incriminate weapon-holders in face of the state or citizens.
In the first of June, two terrorists were killed in Qatif after being monitored by security authorities riding a stolen vehicle that was used in committing terrorist crimes.
Armed men seek cover in Masoura – an old neighborhood that includes hundreds of abandoned buildings and has narrow streets that hinder advancement of security forces to purge the district.
They object over municipal development plans to substitute the neighborhood with a development project that represents an opportunity for local residents to replace their old houses with new housing units.