Saudi Arabia March 16, 2013. (AFP Photo/Khaled Saad)
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Masked gunmen killed five Shiite worshippers in Saudi Arabia during a major religious festival, prompting several arrests Tuesday over an attack that highlighted sectarian tensions in the Sunni-dominated kingdom.The shooting late Monday in Eastern Province, which left nine others wounded, came as Shiites prepared to mark the peak of Ashoura, one of the holiest festivals of their faith. Footage posted online showed corpses lying in pools of blood after the attack in the oil-rich eastern region, where most of Saudi Arabia's 2 million Shiites live.Shortly after Nimr's sentencing, a Saudi court sentenced two more people to death for participating in Shiite protests, saying it issued the verdicts "as a deterrent to others".
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