Grenade kills Saudi policeman in Shia town

DUBAI: A Saudi Arabian police officer was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade on Tuesday in a Shia town, the interior ministry said, as deadly fighting escalated.

A member of the special police emergency forces died when “a rocket-propelled grenade [was] launched from inside the neighbourhood” and hit his patrol unit in the Almosara area of Awamiya, the ministry said in a statement. “Five others were injured and taken to hospital,” it said.

Awamiya is a town of 30,000 in Qatif district of Eastern Province, where most of the Sunni-ruled kingdom’s Shias live.

The town, in a region where Shias have long complained of marginalisation, has been the scene of repeated security incidents.

The police officer is at least the third person killed in the Gulf coast town of Awamiya since Wednesday.

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