Saudi police officer shot dead in eastern Qatif province

Published March 8th, 2017 - 11:00 GMT
Saudi police officers on duty. (AFP/File)
Saudi police officers on duty. (AFP/File)

A Saudi policeman was shot dead in eastern Saudi Arabia late Tuesday, according to the kingdom’s interior ministry. 

The policeman came under fire from an unidentified source as he left a police station in the eastern Qatif province, ministry spokesman Mansur al-Turki said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency. 

He said an investigation has been launched into the killing. 

The Shia-majority Qatif province has experienced unrest since the death of a prominent Shia cleric whose execution by the Saudi authorities last year led to a rupture in Riyadh’s relations with Tehran.


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