Saudi infant, Pakistani killed in Qatif firing

Saudi infant, Pakistani killed in Qatif firing


Saudi Gazette report

JEDDAH – A two-year-old Saudi infant and a Pakistani expatriate were killed and 14 others, including four security persons, injured after terrorists shot at workers and passersby at a development project site in Al-Masourah district of Al-Awamiyah in Qatif governorate in the Eastern Province.

Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, security spokesman at the Ministry of Interior, said that the attack took place on Wednesday following the terrorists’ attempt to disrupt construction of a development project in Al-Masourah.

The injured include six Saudis and four expatriates – two Pakistanis, one Indian and Sudanese each. The condition of one Saudi and the Indian are critical, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The ministry said local people are acting in solidarity with the police to capture the gunmen. The ministry also called on the culprits to surrender themselves to the authorities.

According to the spokesman, workers of a contracting company were at the site of the project, being implemented under the supervision of Eastern Province Mayoralty, when they came under attack by terrorists.

They started heavy fire and used improvised devices targeting the machinery used for work. When the security forces launched an operation to track down the terrorists who used the abandoned houses in the neighborhood as their hideout, they started firing indiscriminately at the passersby and the security forces, resulting in the casualties, the spokesman said.