Saudi says security forces kill youth in Shi'ite Muslim town

March 12, 2017 16:52
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A wanted person has been fatally wounded during an operation by Saudi security forces in eastern Saudi Arabia, the interior ministry said on Sunday, in the second incident of its kind since Friday.

Residents said that a 16-year-old youth died in the raid on Saturday morning targeting wanted people in Awamiya, a restive town in the Qatif district, where many of the country's Shi'ite Muslim minority live.The interior ministry said security forces came under fire while pursuing wanted men who had been hiding in houses vacated by inhabitants to pave the way for a development project intended to revamp the area.

"Security men came under heavy gunfire at the Musawara neighbourhood from an unknown source, which required an appropriate response," the statement, carried by state news agency SPA said.

"As a result, Walid Talal Ali al-Arayedh, who is wanted by security authorities, was wounded and taken to a hospital where he later died."

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