Thursday 29 September 2016

Teacher 'shoots dead six colleagues' in Saudi Arabia

Published 11/02/2016 | 13:56

The shooting took place in Jazan province
The shooting took place in Jazan province

A teacher in Saudi Arabia has opened fire on colleagues, killing at least six people and wounding two, state television reported.

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The brief reports on the state television channel's website and Twitter account quoted a police spokesman and said the suspected shooter was in custody.

State TV posted a photograph that showed ambulances gathered outside the education department building where the shooting took place in Jazan province.

Mass shootings are rare in the kingdom. Saudi Arabia has faced a series of recent attacks by Islamic State militants.

Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of countries conducting air strikes and ground operations in neighbouring Yemen in support of the deeply impoverished country's internationally recognised government. It is fighting against Iranian-backed Shiite rebels and supporters of a former president, who control the capital and other parts of the country.

Jazan, on the kingdom's southern border with Yemen, has been targeted by missiles and cross-border fire since Saudi Arabia intervened in the conflict.

On Tuesday, authorities said they shot down a ballistic missile targeting the city and that a police officer in the surrounding province was killed in a separate shooting incident.

In October, two people were killed and another two were wounded when a gunman opened fire inside a bank in the city of Jazan.

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