Saudi police officer shot dead in Riyadh

Masked men shoot a Saudi police officer in his car south of the capital, Riyadh

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

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.

This is the latest in a series of attacks on security forces in Saudi Arabia.

Two Saudi police officers were fatally shot inside their patrol car on April 6. ISIS had claimed responsibility for the attack.

Saudi security forces had offered a reward for anyone who helps them with information concerning the attackers, according to Al Arabiya.

Riyadh police said in a statement "at 7:30 pm Riyadh local time, a police patrol car was under fire from an unidentified car, resulting in the death of its leader, Majid Al Ayed al-Ghamdi."

"The competent authorities have begun their police search and criminal investigation.”

This comes a few hours after Saudi Arabian officials aborted an attempt to smuggle a highly explosive material (RDX) over the King Fahd bridge, linking Bahrain to the Kingdom.

The Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman said "a suspected car inspection by security authorities found 14 plastic bags containing doughy material weighing 30.87 kilograms proven results of testing laboratories forensic evidence as material (RDX)”.

Bahraini authorities will conduct a joint investigation with the Saudi Arabia regarding smuggling explosives across the bridge between the two countries.


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