Saudi security forces have killed a number of wanted terrorists in a security operation in in the eastern Saudi province of al-Qatif, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) has reported on Saturday May 11th.
Early Saturday, the security forces conducted an operation in the town of Trout in the eastern region to detain eight extremists belonging to a newly-formed terrorist cell, a spokesman of the Presidency of State Security said in a statement.
The newly-formed cell was planning to carry out terrorist attacks against vital public and security sites in the region, according to the spokesman’s statement published by SPA.
He added that the investigations determined the cell's hideout location at an apartment in the Snab neighborhood of Tarout in al-Qatif province.
“Authorities then launched a pre-emptive security operation on Saturday under which the site was cordoned off at 10 am local time by security forces, who had ordered the terrorists to surrender”, he said.
The spokesperson confirmed in the statement that the terrorists did not respond to the orders and opened fire on security forces, who then returned fire to neutralise the risk and preserve the lives of others in the vicinity of the apartment.
The operation resulted in the deaths of all eight terrorists, while the building occupants, pedestrians and members of the security forces were left unharmed.
The spokesperson in his statement concluded that investigations are still ongoing.
According to Saudi local media, Saudi security forces have foiled on April 21, an attempted terrorist attack on the General Directorate of Investigation’s Center in al-Zulfi suburb around 250 km north of the capital Riyadh.
In addition, on April 8, the security forces released names of two terrorists who were killed after targeting a checkpoint in the Eastern Province and said they were involved in past terror attacks in al-Qatif.