Two Saudi border guards were killed on Monday at dawn in an ambush by armed elements affiliated to Al-Qaeda. The gunmen were trying to cross the southern border to Yemen, the Saudi authorities conveyed.
Eleven attackers were arrested, including one Yemeni, after an exchange of fire with border guards, according to the spokesman for the Saudi Interior Ministry. Among the attackers are 10 former Saudi prisoners involved in terrorism cases. According to a source quoted by Saudi "Al Arabiya" television, these former terrorists were recently released after being "rehabilitated."
Simultaneously, five homemade explosive devices were detonated in Manama, Bahrain's capital, killing two and wounding another. The authorities said it was terrorism. The Shiite majority in the monarchy, which is backed by Saudi Arabia, is supported by Iran. For nearly two years, Bahrain has been the scene of violent demonstrations, acts of sabotage, and repression.