Five dead after attack on Shi'ite gathering

  • 17/10/2015

A gunman has shot dead five people at a Shi'ite gathering in eastern Saudi Arabia.

A group claiming affiliation with the so-called Islamic State Sunni extremists said it carried out the attack.

"As result of his shooting, five citizens ... were killed, including a woman. Nine others were wounded," an interior ministry spokesman said in a statement today.

He said a suspect with an automatic weapon "started to shoot randomly" at Al-Haidaria hussainiya in the Saihat area of Qatif city on Friday evening.

Police intervened and opened fire, killing the suspect, the spokesman said without giving details about the attacker.

A group calling itself Islamic State-Bahrain State said in a statement that one of its "soldiers", Shughaa al-Dosari, "attacked a Shi'ite infidel temple with an automatic weapon" in Saihat.

It warned that "infidels will not be safe in the island of Mohammed".