Middle East

Saudi fugitive killed in shootout with police

A police officer frisks a man arriving for Friday prayers at the Al Ali Grand Mosque, where joint Sunni and Shiites prayers are to be held to show solidarity and co-existence between the two sects of Islam, ahead of Friday prayers in Al A'ali south of Manama, July 3, 2015. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

RIYADH: A Saudi fugitive was killed in a shootout with police after having escaped a raid on suspected jihadists, the interior ministry said Saturday.

A policeman was shot dead during Friday's raid in the eastern city of Taif in which three suspects were arrested and flags of ISIS were seized.

The operation was launched to detain Yousif Abdulatif Shabab al-Ghamdi but he managed to flee, only to be later tracked down by police and killed in a shootout, said the ministry.

It did not specify when Ghamdi died but said he opened fire with an automatic weapon and a pistol prompting police to shoot, it said, quoted by the Saudi Press Agency.

Friday's raid came with Gulf states on alert against attacks by ISIS, which has been blamed for deadly attacks on Saudi policemen and Shiite mosque bombings in both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

An-ISIS affiliated group in Saudi Arabia, calling itself Najd Province, claimed the suicide bombings in May and June at mosques of the minority Shiite community.

Gulf interior ministers Friday held an emergency meeting in Kuwait and called for coordination to confront "this serious epidemic."





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