At least 10 people killed in clashes between Saudi police and ''terrorists''
At least ten people, including five members of the Saudi security services, were killed in clashes between police and suspected "terrorists" in the city of Mecca's Khaldiya district.
Five other security officers were wounded in the overnight fighting and seven people on the authorities' wanted list were arrested, said on Sunday an Arabic newspaper, Okaz.
The newspaper said the shootout took place after a group of men aboard a vehicle ignored police orders to stop and took refuge in a building in Khaldiya following a car chase through the streets in which shots were fired.
Police evacuated the building and stormed the apartment where the suspects were holed up, Okaz added. Inside, they found a large quantity of arms and explosives, while one of those arrested was wearing a suicide bomber's belt.
The newspaper said that the dead included a captain in the security forces while a lieutenant-colonel and three sergeants were among the injured.
The London-based opposition Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia (MIRA), citing "diverse sources" in Saudi Arabia, said that eight security officers and three civilians were killed in the clash. According to MIRA, large forces of police were sent to the area and carried out wide-scale searches.
On Saturday, Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef was quoted as saying that five more suspects were detained in connection to the suicide bomb blasts which killed 35 people last month in Riyadh.
Prince Nayef said the five men were in addition to 25 people already in detention over the attacks. “One of them might have played a main role in the attacks,” he told Al-Riyadh newspaper. (Albawaba.com)
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