A Saudi police officer checks the boot of a car at a security checkpoint in Saudi Arabia's eastern Gulf coast town of Qatif.
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Three Saudi security officers were wounded, one critically, by gunfire outside a police station in a flashpoint village in the mostly Shiite Muslim area of Qatif, the government said on Tuesday.The incident, which an Interior Ministry spokesman said had taken place on Monday night, follows four deaths during a police raid in the same village, al-Awamiyah, last week, as tensions with minority Shiites rise after months of comparative calm. Shiites in Saudi Arabia, where the ruling family and most people follow the strict Wahhabi school of Sunni Islam, often complain of entrenched discrimination, a charge the authorities deny.
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