Islamic State suspect shot dead in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabian police have shot dead a member of the Islamic State in the capital Riyadh and arrested another suspect.world Updated: Mar 08, 2017 14:08 IST
Police in Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday they shot dead a member of the Islamic State group in the capital, the latest suspected jihadist to be killed by security forces.
Officers were called at 6 pm (1500 GMT) on Tuesday to an apartment in Riyadh’s Al-Rayan district, where the suspect was “flaunting his support” for the extremist group, the interior ministry said in a statement.
“He started to resist and waved a gun which he was carrying,” forcing police to eliminate “the threat he posed”, the ministry said.
Another suspect was arrested.
IS has claimed a series of deadly shootings and bombings since late 2014 in Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia.
Most attacks have targeted the Shia minority and security forces, killing dozens of people.
IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has called for attacks against Saudi Arabia, a member of the US-led coalition battling the group in Syria and Iraq.
On January 7, Saudi officers shot and killed two suspected jihadists including an explosive belt maker during a police operation in northern Riyadh.
First Published: Mar 08, 2017 14:08 IST