Activists: Three Saudi Shi'ites killed by stray bullets

November 22, 2011 13:42


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DUBAI - Three Shi'ite Muslims have been killed in eastern Saudi Arabia by what was reported as stray bullets fired by police, a Saudi activist said on Tuesday, raising tensions ahead of the Ashura holiday which has prompted clashes in the past.

Tawfiq al-Saif, an activist, told Reuters that the government was sending a team of investigators to the town of al-Qatif to investigate the deaths, which have angered Shi'ites in the oil-producing Eastern Province.

An Interior Ministry spokesman was not immediately available to comment on the report.

Saudi Arabia has escaped the popular protests that have swept three Arab heads of state from power this year, after the world's largest oil exporter offered a major package of incentives to its citizens.

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