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Machine-gun toting woman shot by Saudi forces hunting bombing suspect

The woman is said to have given a militant suspect a safe haven

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A woman armed with a machine gun was shot dead by Saudi security forces during a raid to arrest a man suspected of involvement with an attack against Shiite Muslims in the kingdom, state news agency SPA reported on Sunday.

The woman had given Sweilem al-Ruwaili - one of 16 people wanted for links with two deadly bombings on Shiite mosques claimed by ISIS in May, a safe haven from authorities, according to the SPA report, which cited an interior ministry spokesman.

The parents of the woman, named as Banan Essa Hilal had not known her whereabouts for one and-a-half years.

But SPA also said Ruwaili had been hiding with one of his comrades from the “deviant group” in the northern al-Jawf region when he was captured in the raid on Thursday, in reference to either ISIS or al-Qaeda militants.

The authorities offered a cash reward of $1.3 million for information leading to their arrest.