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    Eight Terror-Related Suspects Reportedly Killed in Saudi Arabia (VIDEOS)

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    At least 8 suspected terrorists were killed in a police raid in Saudi Arabia's eastern Qatif region, AFP reported Saturday, citing Saudi state-run media.

    The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), citing a state security spokesperson, said the recently-formed "terrorist" cell in a Shiite minority area was preparing to carry out terror activities in the country, according to AFP.

    Meanwhile, local netizens have posted alleged footage of the skirmish between terrorist suspects and Saudi security forces.

    Eastern regions of Saudi Arabia are populated by a Shiite minority averse to the ruling monarchy in Riyadh. The area is prone to attacks on security forces.

    According to the Saudi Gazette, security forces attacked the terrorist cell at an apartment in the Sanabis neighbourhood of the town of Tarout in Qatif, at around 10 a.m. local time on Saturday.

    In a preemptive security operation, forces cordoned off the area and ordered the suspects to surrender. Ignoring the warning, the accused opened fire on security forces. In the skirmish, all eight members of the suspected cell were killed, according to the Saudi Gazette.

    According to a statement by a spokesperson for the presidency carried by the SPA, no other residents in the neighbourhood or local civilians were injured during the operation.

    The oil-producing province is reportedly a regular flash point between representatives of the Sunni government in Riyadh and minority Shiites who complain of discrimination. Saudi authorities deny allegations of mistreatment.

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