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Saudi Arabia: gunfire wounds American in al-Ahsa

The vehicle of two Americans came under fire in the eastern district

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Two U.S. citizens came under fire in eastern Saudi Arabia on Friday, with one of them being wounded, the state news agency SPA reported.

A vehicle carrying the two was targeted in the Eastern Province district of al-Ahsa, one of the main centers of Saudi Arabia’s minority Shiites, SPA said, citing a police statement. It was not clear who shot at the vehicle.

The wounded man was taken to hospital and was in a stable condition, it added.

In the last attack on Saudi soil targeting Americans, a gunman killed a U.S. citizen and wounded another in the capital Riyadh last October as the pair stopped at a petrol station east of Riyadh.

Saudi police later arrested a 25-year-old Saudi citizen born in the United States, who had worked with the victim, but was dismissed from his job due to remarks on his behavior,

In November, seven Shiite Muslims were shot dead in al-Ahsa as they marked their holy day of Ashoura. Saudi Arabia has arrested the four main suspects and said it believes it was ordered by Islamic State militants from abroad.