Video and pictures of the alleged attacker were circulated online, prompting anger among activists [Facebook]
Security forces in Saudi Arabia have shot dead a man they accused of participating in an attack on a police station, an apparent escalation of tensions in the restive, heavily Shia Eastern Province.
Interior ministry spokesman Mansur al-Turki said a group of four “masked gunmen” on motorbikes opened fire at the main police station in the town of Awamiya, and that one threw a petrol bomb. One man was killed and the rest fled, he said, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
The incident on Friday night occurred less than a week after two protesters were killed when police opened fire on a demonstration in the nearby city of Qatif on July 9, following the arrest of a prominent Shia opposition leader in Awamiya, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.