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Gunmen kill policeman in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province

Qatif was one of three Saudi cities targeted in coordinated bomb attacks on July 4

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A policeman was shot dead by masked gunmen in the Qatif district in Saudi Arabia's oil-producing Eastern Province on Wednesday, state news agency SPA said, the latest in a string of attacks there this year.

Four assailants opened fire on a police station before dawn, SPA reported.

Qatif was one of three Saudi cities targeted in coordinated bomb attacks on July 4. A suicide bomber struck near a Shi'ite mosque killing himself and two others.

The Saudi government said ISIS was likely behind the attacks. ISIS, which follows a hardline radical ideology, considers Shi'ites apostates who should be killed.