2 Saudi police officers shot dead

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia says two police officers have been shot and killed in the country’s east.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency says the shooting happened around 1 a.m. on Wednesday in the oil rich predominantly Shia eastern region of al-Qatif.

The report, quoting an unnamed Interior Ministry spokesman, says the officers were shot while on patrol near farm fields and that an investigation is underway. Semi-official Saudi media reported earlier that the two officers were shot at a checkpoint in the area.

In October, a previously unheard-of Islamic State affiliate claimed an attack in the al-Qatif region targeting a Shia mosque that killed dozens of people and wounded nine.

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