A security officer has been shot dead by gunmen, in Saudi Arabia, in an attack claimed by Islamic State militants.
Assailants shot dead a senior Saudi security officer west of the capital Riyadh on Tuesday, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by state media, and the attack was claimed by the militant Islamic State.
The Western-allied kingdom, the world’s top oil exporter, has been hit by a spate of deadly shootings and bombings targeting security forces or its Shi’ite Muslim minority since last year, many of them claimed by Islamic State.
Saudi state news agency SPA quoted an interior ministry spokesman as saying that the officer, Colonel Kitab Majed al-Hammadi, was shot dead in the al-Arja area of al-Dawadimi province west of the Saudi capital.
The spokesman said security authorities were investigating the killing.
Islamic State’s Amaq news website said the group’s Saudi branch, known as the Nejd Province, carried out the attack and identified Hammadi as the director of internal security in the al-Quwayiyah region.