Saudi Forces Martyred a Bahraini Shiite in Awamiyah / Pics

Saudi Forces Martyred a Bahraini Shiite in Awamiyah / Pics

Security forces in Saudi Arabia raided the town of Awamiyah in the country's eastern Qatif region on Tuesday and shot martyred a Bahraini Shia man.

AhlulBayt News Agency - Security forces in Saudi Arabia raided the town of Awamiyah in the country's eastern Qatif region on Tuesday and shot martyred a Bahraini Shia man and injured 26 others.

The interior ministry identified the man as Ali Mahmoud Ali Abdullah and said an operation to arrest him took place in Awamiya town at 4:00 pm (1300 GMT).

The interior ministry spokesman claimed that when officers raided a farm in Awamiyah the suspect "opened fire and the situation was responded to, resulting in his death."

Local activists and people have rejected the ministry's version of events, saying that Abdullah did not have any weapons.

In an unusual move, the interior ministry released a photo of Abdullah wearing a baseball cap sideways on his head.

The sounds of gunfire could still be heard in Awamiyah on Tuesday evening, a witness told AFP.

He reported black smoke hanging over the town from tires burned in the streets by residents. The witness also reported seeing the body of a second individual lying in the street.

"People said an armoured vehicle hit him," the witness said.

Earlier in the day, video shot by local residents showing a large convoy of armoured security vehicles emerged on social media.

The town of about 30,000 has been the scene of repeated incidents since 2011.

A week of unrest shook Awamiya after the illegal execution of prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr on 2 January.





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