Three killed in attack on Saudi police posts

Three killed in attack on Saudi police posts
Masked gunmen have killed three people, including a policeman, in the north-west Saudi province of Hail, as militant attacks are on the raise in the Kingdom.
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25 September, 2015
Attacks aginst police, blamed on or claimed by IS, have multiplied in recent months [Getty]

Gunmen opened fire on two Saudi police posts in the northwest of the Gulf kingdom killing two civilians and a policeman, the official news agency SPA reported on Friday.

It said two masked assailants shot dead two Saudis in al-Shamli, in the Hail region, on Thursday and a gunman killed a policeman at the traffic police station in a second attack in the town half an hour later.

The news agency gave no motives for the attacks but said an investigation has been opened.

Security forces have been on the alert in the face of mounting attacks by the Islamic State group [IS] which controls swathes of Syria and Iraq.

In an attack on 23 August, a policeman was wounded when a gunman opened fire on a patrol in the Red Sea of Jeddah.

Also in August, an IS affiliate group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing of a mosque, which killed at least 15 Saudi security personnel.