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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 September 2018

Saudi policeman and civilians wounded in Qatif shootings

It was the latest in a string of attacks to take place in Qatif, a governorate in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province

There have been a string of attacks in the Qatif area of eastern Saudi Arabia. Google Maps
There have been a string of attacks in the Qatif area of eastern Saudi Arabia. Google Maps

RIYADH // A policeman and two civilians have been wounded in shootings in eastern Saudi Arabia, police said on Monday.

It was the latest in a string of attacks to take place in Qatif, a governorate in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province.

The policeman was fired at while driving his own car through an agricultural area of Qatif on Sunday evening, the Saudi Press Agency quoted the regional police information spokesman as saying. The victim suffered shrapnel injuries from the car's windshield but was in a stable condition.

Earlier on Sunday, two male civilians, aged 30 and 50, were fired at by an unknown source near their homes in the Qatif town of Awamiyah, Spa reported. They were hospitalised but in a stable condition, according to police.

Violence has gripped Qatif over the past week, with two policemen killed in two separate bombings targeting their patrols on Tuesday and Thursday last week.

Two more policemen were wounded in an attack on Saturday.

Saudi authorities have said they are treating last week's bombings as "terrorist crimes" and have blamed drug and arms traffickers for unrest in the area.

Residents, however, have accused police of opening fire on civilians and give a higher death toll.

* Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse

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