Egypt condemns terrorist attack on Saudi police patrol

Ahram Online , Tuesday 13 Jun 2017

One police officer was killed in the IED blast in the province of Qatif

Saudi policemen
File Photo: Saudi policemen (Photo courtesy of SPA)

Egypt has condemned "in the strongest terms" a terrorist attack on a police patrol in the province of Qatif, Saudi Arabia, that killed one police officer and injured two others.

In an official statement on Tuesday, Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman asserted Egypt’s solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in fighting terrorism and extremism, which “aims to shake its stability and security.”

“We support all procedures undertaken by Saudi Arabia to quell the plans of terror cells and organizations in order to preserve its security and the safety of its citizens,” the statement read.

A Saudi police officer was killed and two members of the security forces where injured late on Sunday night when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near a patrol in the eastern province of Qatif.

According to the Saudi interior ministry, the blast, which occurred in Masoura district, is being dealt with as a “terrorist incident”.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Qatif has seen a number of terrorist attacks targeting officers and patrol cars, with civilians also being killed in the attacks over the past few couple of months.

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