Two Saudi guards killed in shootout along Iraqi border

One of the attackers was captured and detonated an explosives belt, the ministry said in a brief statement
Two Saudi guards killed in shootout along Iraqi border
Photo for illustrative purposes only. (Gatty Images)
By Reuters
Mon 05 Jan 2015 11:51 AM

(Updated 11:53) Attackers killed two Saudi
Arabian border guards including a senior officer and injured a third on the
kingdom's frontier with Iraq in a rare shooting and suicide assault early on
Monday, the Saudi interior ministry said.

Saudi Arabia's border with Iraq, which is heavily
defended by a series of earth berms and fences and closely monitored by camera
and radar, has been attacked in the past by mortar bombs fired from a distance,
but more targeted attacks are rare.

The unidentified attackers shot at a border patrol
near Arar and when security officers responded, one of the attackers was
captured and detonated an explosives belt, the ministry said in a brief
statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

One of those killed was a senior officer, Major
General Mansour Turki, the ministry's spokesman, told Reuters. Turki did not
give his name. The officer was named by local media, including Sabq news
website, as General Oudah Al Belawi.

Saudi Arabia boosted its security on the frontier
in July, adding thousands of troops to back up a border guards force, after the
ISIL group seized swathes of territory in Iraq including Anbar
province on the kingdom's border.

Saudi forces have joined US-led air strikes
against ISIL positions in Syria, and the group has called for
"lone-wolf" attacks by sympathisers in the country against its
security forces, Shi'ite Muslim minority and foreigners.

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