Saudi kills six wanted for shooting soldier dead

The video posted last month showed the shooting of a man identified as Badr Hamdi al-Rashidi, a member of Saudi Arabia’s Special Emergency Force in the Qassim region, by men who pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (Photo: Al Arabiya)

Saudi authorities on Friday killed six men who shot dead their relative, a Saudi soldier, in a video they posted online after they pledged allegiance to the leader of ISIS.

Saudi state news agency SPA cited a statement by the Interior Ministry as saying security forces killed the men after they refused to surrender and exchanged fire with the police.

The video posted last month showed the shooting of a man identified as Badr Hamdi al-Rashidi, a member of Saudi Arabia’s Special Emergency Force in the Qassim region, by men who pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

It was not immediately clear if they acted on orders by ISIS or on their own.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for a series of bombings and shootings in Saudi Arabia since November 2014 that have killed more than 50 people, most of them Shiites but also more than 15 members of the security forces.

Saudi security officials say the group’s supporters inside Saudi Arabia mainly act independently, depending on ISIS for only limited logistical help and advice, making them harder to detect, but also less capable of attacks on well protected targets.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46
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