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Four killed in Saudi Arabia checkpoint shootout: ministry

AFP  |  Riyadh 

A drive-by shooting against a checkpoint in central and an ensuing gunfight left a security officer, a Bangladeshi civilian and two attackers dead, the kingdom's interior ministry has said.

"A security checkpoint on the Buraydah-Tarfiyah road in Qassim region came under fire from three terrorists riding in a vehicle on Sunday afternoon," the ministry said in a statement yesterday.

"Two of the terrorists were killed and a third was wounded and transferred to hospital," it added.

was named as the Saudi fatality. The ministry said a Bangladeshi resident was also killed, but did not announce his name.

The authorities said a criminal investigation has been launched into the attack. Four Saudi policemen were killed and four others wounded on April 20 in an attack targeting a checkpoint in the southwestern province of

The kingdom has seen numerous attacks in recent years by jihadists, including and the Islamic State group, against security forces.

It has also seen clashes between Shiite militants and security forces in the eastern provinces.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 01:40 IST