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Another policeman martyred in Qatif shootout

Fahd Qaid Al-Ruwaili, who gave his life in line of duty
Fahd Qaid Al-Ruwaili, who gave his life in line of duty

Qatif — A security man was killed by gunmen late on Tuesday in the Eastern city of Qatif, the second such killing of in a week.

The security patrol came under fire at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when it tried to stop a suspicious car near the Qatif Central Hospital, the Interior Ministry said in a statement carried by Saudi Press Agency.

The stolen Prado vehicle used by gunmen. — SPA photos
The stolen Prado vehicle used by gunmen. — SPA photos

Someone in the car started shooting in which security man Fahd Qaid Al-Ruwaili was killed, it said.

His colleagues stopped the suspects’ car but they escaped “while shooting randomly” and then stole the car of a doctor to make their getaway, the ministry added.

Police found Molotov cocktails in the suspects’ abandoned vehicle, which also had been stolen.

The dead policeman is the second Qatif officer shot dead in just over a week.

Another was gunned down on March 7 as he tried to leave a Qatif police station in his personal car.

Two days later a “terrorism” suspect was shot dead and a policeman wounded during a firefight in the Qatif area.

Last Saturday police said they came under fire while looking for suspects in Awamiya.

They “responded as necessary,” leading to the death of a wanted terror suspect, they said.

At least 10 policemen have now been shot dead since 2014 in the Qatif area.