Saudi Arabia blames riots in east on foreign elements

Reuters and AFP, Tuesday 4 Oct 2011

Saudi government blames riots that left 14 dead in Shia area on foreign elements

Saudi Arabia blamed an unnamed foreign power for stirring up riots in its oil-rich Eastern Province, home to a large Shia population and scene of frequent protests earlier this year, saying that 14 people had been injured.

"A foreign country is trying to undermine national security by inciting strife in (the city of) Al-Qatif," Saudi state television quoted the Interior Ministry as saying.

"A group of outlaws and rioters on motorbikes gathered" at a roundabout in the village of Al-Awamia in Al-Qatif province on Monday "carrying petrol bombs," State television said, citing the Sunni-ruled kingdom's interior ministry.

Of the total injured, 11 were security personnel and 3 were civilians, according to the statement.

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