Saudi authorities behead citizen for killing compatriot

Saudi authorities beheaded another man Sunday convicted of fatally shooting a fellow citizen, the Interior Ministry said. The ministry statement, which was carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, said Abdullah bin Muhammad al-Kahtani was executed in the eastern Saudi town of al-Khobar. The man shot the victim, Musfir bin Habad al-Dowsary, several times using an automatic weapon after a dispute. Sunday's beheading brings to 33 the number of people executed in the kingdom so far this year, according to an Associated Press count. Saudi Arabia beheaded 137 people last year, up sharply from the 38 executed in 2006.