Two policemen shot dead in Saudi Arabia

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Two policemen have been shot dead in eastern Saudi Arabia, the country’s interior ministry says.

Gunmen opened fire on the officers’ vehicle during a patrol in the Saihat area of Qatif overnight, a spokesman told the official Saudi Press Agency.

The predominantly Shia Muslim region has suffered unrest since early 2011, with protesters complaining of discrimination by the Sunni monarchy.

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It has also been the scene of attacks by Islamic State militants this year.

In October, a gunman from a local affiliate of the Sunni jihadist group shot and killed five people at a
Shia meeting hall in Saihat before being shot dead by police.

The interior ministry said an investigation into Wednesday’s attack had commenced.

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