Saudi soldier killed, five wounded in Qatif province
May 16 2017 05:22 PM


A Saudi soldier was killed and five others were wounded fighting suspected militants in the Kingdom's Qatif province, the interior ministry said on Tuesday, days after a child and a Pakistani builder were killed in the same town of al-Awamiya.
The town is in an oil-producing province and home to a large Shia population.
The soldier was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade in a district of al-Awamiya and operations to counter the militants continued with the help of back-up forces, the ministry said.
On May 12, authorities said gunmen killed a Saudi child and a Pakistani man during an attack on workers at a building project in al-Awamiya.
In Tuesday's statement, the ministry said "terrorist elements" were using explosive devices and landmines to obstruct the building project.

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