Saudi Arabian security forces killed an 18-year-old Islamic State loyalist and arrested his brother after they allegedly killed their cousin, a soldier, and three other people, the state-run news agency said on Saturday.
Saudi forces launched a manhunt after a video emerged showing an IS loyalist shooting and killing a man with his hands bound in the desert, the Saudi Press Agency said, citing the interior ministry’s security spokesperson.
The individual who was shot dead was a member of the armed forces, lured to the desert by his cousins on Thursday, the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, SPA said. The two brothers killed two other citizens and a corporal, it said.
Security forces aided by aircraft tracked the brothers to a mountainous area. When asked to surrender, the two men opened fire. Eighteen-year-old Abdul-Aziz Radi Ayash al-Anzi was killed in the ensuing gunfight, and his brother, 21-year-old Saad Radi Ayash al-Anzi was wounded and arrested.
A soldier was killed in the operation, according to SPA.
IS loyalists have carried out a string of attacks in Saudi Arabia in recent months targeting security forces and the Shiite minority. The extremist group views the Saudi royal family as illegitimate and has called for its overthrow.
On August 6, a suicide bomber attacked a mosque inside a police compound in the southwestern city of Abha, killing 15 people in the deadliest attack on the kingdom’s security forces in years. Eleven of the dead belonged to an elite counterterrorism unit whose tasks include protecting the haj pilgrimage.
The attack was claimed by a previously unheard-of IS affiliate.