Kashmiri Shiite Muslims kick a burning effigy of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia during a protest at Chattergam in the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
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Though it was the killing of a Shi-ite cleric in the Jan. 2 mass execution which sparked a crisis between Saudi Arabia and its regional rival Iran, most of the 47 executed were al-Qaeda militants convicted of bombings and gun attacks in the kingdom.Last week, ISIS, a Sunni rival of al-Qaeda, threatened to destroy Saudi Arabian prisons holding militantsafter the executions.ISIS has claimed responsibility for a series of bombings and shootings in Saudi Arabia since Nov. 2014 that have killed more than 50 people, most of them Shi'ites but also more than 15 members of the security forces.
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