Monday 24 July 2017

Saudi police kill 2 Islamic State suspects in gun battle

The Interior Ministry in Saudi Arabia said explosive suicide vests, rifles and ammunition were found
The Interior Ministry in Saudi Arabia said explosive suicide vests, rifles and ammunition were found

Two suspected Islamic State extremists have been shot dead by police in Riyadh, authorities in Saudi Arabia said.

The Interior Ministry says the two suspects opened fire on Saturday at police after being surrounded in the capital's northern Yasmeen neighbourhood, forcing officers to return fire and kill them. It said one officer was slightly wounded.

The Interior Ministry published photos of explosive suicide vests, rifles and ammunition it said officers found. It also said material found inside the home the two men hid in suggests it was used to manufacture bombs.

Saudi Arabia has faced a series of attacks from a local Islamic State affiliate.

The militant threat in the kingdom is the most serious it has faced since an Al Qaeda insurgency over a decade ago.

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