Six education dept employees killed in Saudi Arabia shooting rampage

Published: February 11, 2016


RIYADH: A man killed six employees at an education department office in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, the interior ministry said, describing it as a “criminal” attack.

The incident, in which two others were injured, occurred in the southern province of Jazan at about 2:00 pm (1100 GMT), ministry spokesperson General Mansour al-Turki told AFP.

“This is a criminal act,” said Turki, adding that one suspect had been arrested.

He was unable to immediately confirm how the victims were killed but state television reported it was a shooting.

The identity and motive of the suspect were unclear.

The incident occurred in the remote community of Ad Dair, several kilometres from the Yemeni border.

Jazan and other southern border districts have been shelled by rebels in Yemen since last March when a Saudi-led coalition began air strikes and later ground operations to halt the advance of the Huthi rebels there.

Suicide attack kills four in Saudi city

More than 90 soldiers and civilians have been killed in shelling and skirmishes in the Saudi border region.

Elsewhere in the kingdom there have been mass shootings and bombings claimed by the Islamic State group against the Shia minority community. IS has also targeted the security forces.

But criminal mass shootings are rare in Saudi Arabia.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Feb 11, 2016 - 7:55PM

    As you sow, so shall you reap, is all I can say here. The saudis are beginning to pay the price of their dirty games around the world.Recommend

  • Javed
    Feb 11, 2016 - 10:25PM

    Saudi Arabia has started to face the face the results of its own actions. Allah gave them chance to improve but they kept sponsoring terrorism around the world. Wish anyone could imagine how cruel Saudis are with the innocent Pakistani labors.Recommend

  • I. Khan
    Feb 11, 2016 - 10:42PM

    “Live by the sword, die by the sword” Saudi Arabia used to be a be a peaceful country but not any more. Thanks to King Salman for his aggressive foreign policy which is disturbing the entire Muslim World. .Recommend

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