Saudi Arabia claims wanted ISIS supporter killed

Saudi Arabia claims wanted militant Youssef al-Ghamdi has been killed in an exchange of fire with police

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A wanted insurgent and supporter of ISIS, Youssef al-Ghamdi, has been killed in an exchange of fire after he refused to surrender himself to the police, Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry stated on Saturday.

The militant was confronted in a house in the western city of Taif on Friday, leading to an exchange of fire, according to a statement from the ministry relayed by the state owned Saudi Press Agency.

On the same day of the incident a Saudi police officer was shot dead while investigating another house in which al-Ghamdi was suspected to be hiding.

Al-Ghamdi died at the age of 32 and had been previously imprisoned for six years on criminal charges, the Interior Ministry said.

The convictions for which al-Ghamdi was imprisoned could not be immediately identified.

The Saudi Arabian government last month released a list of 16 people who were believed to be involved in  two deadly mosque bombings claimed by ISIS in May.

The Saudi authorities then announced that they will offer a cash reward of 5 million riyals ($1.3 million) for information leading to their arrest.

Imam Hussein mosque in the city of Dammam was bombed a week after a Shia mosque in a village in Qatif province was also bombed, in attack which killed 4 people and 21 people respectively.

In addition, Saudi Arabia has suffered a series of attacks on security forces.

In May, masked men opened fire at a patrol car in the south of Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, killing one of its occupants, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

The attack claimed the life of Majid Al Ayed al-Ghamdi, a security officer.

Two Saudi police officers were also fatally shot inside their patrol on April 6.

TRTWorld and agencies