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Saudi sentenced to death for shooting traffic cop

The man was convicted of going on a shooting spree, attacking several police officers at multiple locations

Saudi sentenced to death for shooting traffic cop

A Saudi man has been sentenced to death for shooting several police officers, including one monitoring traffic.

The kingdom’s special criminal court in Riyadh found the man had started his shooting spree at a traffic patrol in Awamiyah in the Eastern Province, where several officials were injured, Arab News reported.

He fled on a motorbike and later fired three rounds at a police street patrol, injuring one officer.

He also shot a patrol officer who had ordered him to surrender and again at another officer who chased him in a car.

He was then joined by two accomplices, who shot the passenger in his car, after accusing him of being a police informant, the Arab News report added.

The man was convicted of carrying an unlicensed gun, ammunition, possessing a Kalashnikov with the aim of disrupting the peace in the country, carrying the banned Captagon tablets and some wireless devices.

He has one month to appeal the verdict.

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