Saudi police kill suspected jihadist in western province of Taif

Sunday 08/05/2016
On high alert

RIYADH - Saudi security forces on Monday shot dead a suspected jihadist in the western province of Taif a day after a policeman was killed in a shootout, the interior ministry said.

The gunman was killed after refusing to surrender to security forces hunting him over his suspected involvement in an attempt to infiltrate a police station parking area in the province on Sunday, a ministry statement said.

It identified him as Mohammed al-Maliki, adding that he had threatened in a video message to attack police and had been involved in a previous attack in which a policeman was killed.

The past week has seen a rise in such incidents in the kingdom, where the Islamic State group (ISIS) has previously claimed bombings and other attacks targeting security forces.

On Thursday, a police officer was shot dead after four suspected jihadists died during a raid in the area between Taif and the region of Mecca, home to Islam's holiest sites.

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has called Saudi Arabia's rulers "apostate tyrants" and called on Saudis to rise up against them.