Saudi Arabia says four gunmen were killed and three security officers were wounded in an attack claimed by the Daesh terror group on a security building north of the capital, Riyadh.
The state-run al-Ekhbariya news channel reported Sunday that police had foiled the attack in Zulfi, a city about 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of the capital.
State-linked media said the attackers had tried to ram a car through the front of an Interior Ministry building but were stopped by security in a shootout.
The Daesh-linked Aamaq News Agency released a video Monday of the four alleged attackers, who were reported to be "seeking martyrdom." It is unclear when the footage was filmed. In the video, one man accuses the Saudi royal family of being infidels and says the attack is to avenge Muslims imprisoned in the kingdom, Syria and Iraq.
The kingdom has seen numerous attacks in recent years by militants, including by al-Qaida and Daesh, against security forces. Daesh's elusive supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had in recent years called for attacks against Saudi Arabia, which is part of a U.S.-led coalition that has been battling the terrorists in Syria and Iraq since 2014.
The terrorist group has claimed previous attacks in Saudi Arabia, targeting mostly security forces and members of the Shiite community, who they view as heretics. On April 7, two men armed with explosives were killed and two others arrested as they attacked a security checkpoint in a predominantly Shiite region in eastern Saudi Arabia, which has seen years of demonstrations against the Sunni royal family. In July of last year, Daesh claimed an attack on a security checkpoint in the central al-Qassim region, in which a policeman and a foreign resident were killed.
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