Bomb blast injures two Saudi policemen in Awamiyah

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Two Saudi policemen were injured in a bomb blast in eastern Saudi Arabia, according to the kingdom’s interior ministry on Tuesday.

An explosive device detonated at a security patrol on Monday in Al-Awamiyah village in the Qatif province, the official SPA news agency quoted a ministry spokesman as saying.

The spokesman said an investigation has been launched into the attack.

The attack was the third in the same area this month.

On May 16, a soldier was killed and another five were injured when their patrol came under a rocket attack in Qatif.

A week earlier, a child and a Pakistani resident were killed by gunfire in the same province.

Awamiyah has witnessed anti-regime protests since 2011, with demonstrators demanding free speech, the release of political prisoners, and an end to economic and religious discrimination.

The protests have been met with a heavy-handed crackdown by the Saudi regime.

The rallies intensified after the January 2016 execution of respected Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.


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