JAZAN: Seven people died and several others were injured following an attack by a lone gunman on the Education Office in the Al-Dair governorate of Jazan on Thursday.
The attacker has been arrested, said Interior Ministry spokesman Gen. Mansour Al-Turki. “His motives remain unclear,” he added.
Employees of the Education Office faced the hail of bullets resulting in a number of deaths and injuries.
Jazan police spokesman Lt. Col. Mohammed Al-Harbi told a local publication that security patrols in Al-Dair received an emergency call at 2 p.m. stating that a visitor to the Education Office had opened fire at a number of employees as they were carrying out their duties. Six employees were killed on the spot. One more person died at the hospital.
Al-Harbi said the perpetrator was arrested. Jazan police has begun an investigation into the crime. The perpetrator has been referred to the competent authorities for further action.
Saudi online newspapers described it as a personal dispute.
Following the attack, security was beefed up at Al-Dair General Hospital. A state of maximum emergency was declared as the dead and injured were wheeled into the hospital.