Saudi: ‘Wanted’ Man for deadly checkpoint attack killed

A man wanted for his role in an April attack that left four policemen dead in southwestern Asir province has been killed in a security operation, the Interior Ministry announced on Monday.

The Saudi man shot, Khaled Mohammed Ali Al Shahri, was surrounded in his family home in the town of Al Wahda on Saturday night but refused to surrender, said a ministry statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

The report added that Al Shahri attacked security forces with a knife.

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The motive behind last month’s attack was not clear, but Asir province borders Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition — which includes the UAE — is battling the Iran-backed Houthi rebels on behalf of the internationally-recognised government of Yemeni President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi.

It was not clear if the incident was related to the ongoing civil war. At the time, state-owned Al Arabiya television reported that one gunman was killed and two others were detained.

 

Source Credit: The National

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