Saudi security officer shot dead in attack claimed by ISIS

In this Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 file photo, Saudi security forces show their skills to handle a terrorist attack as they take part in a military parade. (File photo: AP)

Assailants shot dead a senior Saudi security officer west of the capital Riyadh on Tuesday, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by state media, and the attack was claimed by ISIS.

Saudi state news agency SPA quoted an interior ministry spokesman as saying that the officer, Colonel Kitab Majed al-Hammadi, was shot dead in the al-Arja area of al-Dawadimi province west of the Saudi capital.

The spokesman said security authorities were investigating the killing.

ISIS’ Amaq news website said the group's Saudi branch, known as the Nejd Province, carried out the attack and identified Hammadi as the director of internal security in the al-Quwayiyah region.

The Nejd Province group claimed responsibility on Sunday for an explosion next to a police station south of Riyadh that killed one person and damaged police vehicles.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47