Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry: 4 officers dead, 4 injured in shooting incident in Asir province

Four Saudi policemen were killed when a checkpoint in Asir province was attacked. (AP/File)
Updated 20 April 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry: 4 officers dead, 4 injured in shooting incident in Asir province

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry said that four police officers were martyred during an attack on a police check point in Asir province, in the southwest of the Kingdom. The police reported that four more officers were injured in the clashes that followed the attack.

The ministry added that police units chased the attackers, and captured 2 of them and a third was killed in the fire exchange that followed. The ministry also announced that all those involved in the attack are Saudi Arabian nationals. 


GCC chief joins condemnation of Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco Shaybah gas plant 

Updated 39 min 25 sec ago

GCC chief joins condemnation of Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco Shaybah gas plant 

  • Aramco said the attack caused a small fire but that there were no injuries
  • Abdullatif Al-Zayani said the attack 'threatens security and stability in the region'

JEDDAH: The head of the GCC condemned on Sunday a Houthi attack on a Saudi Aramco gas plant.

The militants claimed 10 drones struck the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant near the border with the UAE.

Aramco said the attack caused a small fire but that there were no injuries and operations were uninterrupted.

GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani said the attack was a “cowardly act that threatens security and stability in the region.”

“The targeting of oil facilities in the Kingdom reveals the malicious goals harming the global energy supply,” he said.

He called on the international community to condemn the Houthi’s attacks.

The militants, who are based in Yemen and backed by Iran, have previously used crude kamikaze drones laden with explosives to target infrastructure in the Kingdom.

In May, the Houthis attacked two oil pumping stations with drones but caused no disruption to operations.

They have also repeatedly targeted Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport, including a strike in June that killed a Syrian and wounded 21 others.

The attack on Saturday was widely condemned, including by the UAE. 

Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister, Khalid Al-Falih said the attack was not only aimed at Saudi Arabia “but also against the global economy.”

The Houthis sparked the conflict in Yemen when they seized the capital Sanaa in 2014. An Arab coalition, which includes Saudi Arabia and the UAE, intervened in 2015 in support of the internationally recognized government.