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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 October 2018

Saudi security man and Bangladeshi killed by terrorists

Three gunmen opened fire on checkpoint in Al Qassim province north of Riyadh

Attacks on Saudi security forces became more frequent over the past few years after the authorities crushed an al Qaeda insurgency more than a decade ago
Attacks on Saudi security forces became more frequent over the past few years after the authorities crushed an al Qaeda insurgency more than a decade ago

A member of Saudi Arabia’s security forces and a Bangladeshi resident were killed in an attack on a security checkpoint in Buraidah, a city in Al Qassim province north of the capital Riyadh, the state news agency said on Sunday.

“Three terrorists opened fire on the security checkpoint located at Buraidah-Tarafiya road in Al Qassim. The security forces fired back, killing two terrorists, and wounding the third,” SPA reported.

The authorities started a criminal investigation and developments will be announced in due course.

Al Qassim, a heartland of the kingdom’s ultra-conservative Wahhabi school of Sunni Islam, is one of the most conservative pockets of the country.

Analysts say many young men from the region have joined Al Qaeda in Yemen or militant groups in Iraq.

Attacks on Saudi security forces became more frequent over the past few years after the authorities crushed an Al Qaeda insurgency more than a decade ago.

In May 31, local media said two assailants stabbed a traffic policeman to death in the western Saudi Arabian city of Taif and then exchanged gunfire with security forces at a national guard facility.