Saudi says two killed in gunfight in eastern province

November 24, 2011 04:31


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RIYADH - Two people were killed and three wounded in an exchange of fire on Thursday between Saudi security forces and what the interior ministry called gunmen serving a foreign power.

In a statement quoted on the Saudi Press Agency, the ministry said shooting erupted on Thursday during the funeral of a person killed in what it described as a string of attacks earlier this week on security checkpoints in the oil-producing province, where much of the kingdom's Shi'ite minority lives.

The ministry earlier this week denied that Shi'ites had been killed by bullets fired by police in Qatif.

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