RIYADH (Reuters) – 4 assailants had been killed on Sunday when authorities thwarted an assault on a state safety constructing in Saudi Arabia’s central Riyadh province, authorities advised state media.
The 4 had helped perform the assault on the Mabaheth (home intelligence) station in Zulfi, a small metropolis about 250 kms (155 miles) northwest of the capital Riyadh, a spokesman for Saudi state safety mentioned.
Three safety power members had been injured within the assault, the spokesman mentioned, including that safety companies had been coping with “explosive supplies” and different objects left behind through the incident.
On-line movies, which Reuters couldn’t instantly confirm, confirmed a automotive at a checkpoint with its doorways open and two bloody corpses splayed on the bottom close by. Gunshots could possibly be heard.
Saudi-owned Al Arabiya tv mentioned the attackers had been carrying machine weapons, bombs and Molotov cocktails.
Citing its personal correspondent, it mentioned they had been Saudi militants who belonged to Islamic State.
There was no Islmaic State declare of accountability for the assault up to now, and the authorities didn’t formally determine the assailants.
Militants have focused safety installations for years in Saudi Arabia, the world’s high oil exporter, after the authorities crushed an al Qaeda insurgency greater than a decade in the past.
Final 12 months, a member of the safety forces and a Bangladeshi resident had been killed in an assault on a safety checkpoint in close by Buraidah, and a policeman was killed in a separate assault within the western metropolis of Taif.
Writing by Lisa Barrington and Stephen Kalin and Nafisa Eltahir; Enhancing by Susan Fenton, William Maclean/Emelia Sithole-Matarise