Two Saudi policemen wounded in Qatif

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - An attack on a Saudi police patrol on Saturday wounded two officers in the eastern province of Qatif, authorities said, in the third attack in the area in one week.

“The patrol was targeted by an explosive projectile when passing by a building under construction in the Al Naserah district in Qatif,” the interior ministry said in a statement published on the official SPA news agency.

Two policeman were wounded and transferred to nearby hospitals.

The attack occurred in the same area where a police corporal was killed in a bombing targeting a patrol on Thursday.

Another policeman had been killed and three others wounded in a bombing in Qatif on Tuesday morning.

Three people, including a police officer, were also killed last month in bombings in Qatif.

Awamiyah has witnessed an increase in anti-regime protests and an ensuing crackdown as Riyadh has insisted to destroy al-Mosara, claiming the neighborhood's narrow streets have become a hideout for militants believed to be behind attacks on security forces in the region.

Security forces equipped with heavy weapons have been deployed in Awamiyah since May 10, following fierce clashes between the regime forces and locals protesting against the destruction.

Since February 2011, Saudi Arabia has stepped up security measures in the Shia-dominated Eastern Province, which has been rocked by anti-regime demonstrations, with protesters 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. Over the past years, Riyadh has also redefined its anti-terrorism law so as to repress pro-democracy movements.


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