Saudi authorities blocked roads in a flashpoint Shiite town Saturday, residents said a day after security officials said gunmen killed a two-year-old boy and a Pakistani man.
The gunfire targeted a construction site in a neighborhood of the Shiite town of Awamiya slated for redevelopment, the interior ministry said late Friday.
Workers in Almosara district “came under fire and their vehicles were targeted by explosives” from within the neighborhood, the ministry said in a statement.
“It did not say when the incident took place but said criminals engaged in the drug and arms trade tried to jeopardize the project and protect their terrorist activities that they launch from the abandoned houses in the neighborhood”.it added
As police responded to the shooting, suspects “opened random and heavy gunfire at passersby and security men”, killing a two-year-old Saudi boy and a Pakistani resident.
The ministry said 14 people were wounded in the shooting, including two Pakistanis, an Indian, a Sudanese and four policemen.