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Saudi security officer, citizen killed in border attacks

Eight also were injured when Houthi rebels fired mortar bombs across the border on Tuesday, according to state media

Saudi security officer, citizen killed in border attacks
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A Saudi security officer and a citizen have been shot dead and eight others injured in an attack near the border with Yemen, according to the state’s Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Mortar shells were fired by Houthi rebels across the border into Najran about 9.30am on Tuesday, SPA said.

Captain Mashhour Al Qahtani, who was killed, and three injured security officers were removing a number of mortar shells from the Rijal neighborhood on the border when the mortar shells were fired from inside Yemen, a Ministry of Interior spokesperson was quoted as saying.

A citizen was killed and five others injured in a second attack in a residential area of Najran, about 10kms north of the border at 12pm.

It is the second fatal attack on Saudi soil in the past week, after 21 people were killed and dozens injured when a suicide bomber targeted a mosque in the Shia-dominated Eastern Province during Friday prayers on May 22.

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