By Massoud A. Derhally
Ambush took place in southern Sharurah area; attackers had been recently released
An ambush on a patrol in southern Saudi Arabia killed at least two border guards, Al Arabiya reported.
The attack took place in the southern Sharurah area, the Dubai-based news channel said, near the Yemeni border.
Ten of the attackers had been released recently in cases related to terrorism, Al Arabiya reported, citing its correspondent, the broadcaster said on its Twitter feed.
Security forces pursued the assailants as
they tried to cross the Saudi-Yemeni border. Citing the interior ministry, Al
Arabiya said there was an exchange of gunfire with assailants and 11 were arrested, four of whom were seriously injured.
The kingdom has battled terrorism since the 1990s, with the most recent attacks taking place after the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York and Washington.
Attacks by al-Qaeda militants have targeted Western expatriates living in Saudi Arabia, as well as oil and military installations.
Three months ago Saudi security forces foiled a terror plot by suspected militants with links to al-Qaeda. The suspects were working on "recruiting elements to execute criminal attacks targeting security forces, citizens and foreign residents, as well as public installations," the interior ministry said at the time in a statement carried by government-run SPA news agency. Two Saudis and six Yemenis were arrested.
In 2008 Saudi security forces arrested more than 300 terrorist suspects. In 2009, a suicide bomber blew himself up in Jeddah at a gathering that included Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, head of the security services at the time.