JEDDAH: Two security men were killed on Sunday morning when they tried to foil an armed robbery on a money transfer car in Sihat, Qatif, the media spokesman of the Eastern Province police said.
The culprits snatched SR1 million from the car and fled, the spokesman said. He explained that when one of police patrols was undertaking its normal duty of following up a money transfer car in Sihat town, unidentified gunmen opened fire on the security men killing security patrol commander Sergeant Shuja Ali Al-Shummari and his companion Vice Sgt. Osman Shaim Al-Rashidi.
An investigation has been launched into the case.
It is to be recalled that the terrorist gangs in Qatif have in the past carried out theft and armed robbery operations to fund their terrorist operations targeting security men and citizens.
In an earlier statement, the Ministry of Interior said the number of armed robberies in the Kingdom reached 106 in 1435 H, or 0.36 crimes for each 100,000 of the population. The number of armed robberies in Qatif was the highest at 4.7 crimes for each 100,000 persons.