One Saudi soldier and one suspected ISIS militant were killed in a gun battle in northern Saudi Arabia between security forces and two brothers wanted in connection with several attacks last week, the Interior Ministry said Saturday.
ISIS has called on supporters to carry out attacks in Saudi Arabia and string of deadly attacks by its followers has fueled concerns about a growing threat of militancy in the world’s top oil exporter.
The two brothers were suspects in shootings that killed two civilians outside a police station and a soldier in separate incidents on Thursday. They were also wanted for allegedly killing their cousin, a member of the Saudi security forces.
Abdul Aziz al-Anzi, 18, was killed, while his brother Saad, 21, was wounded and captured in the shootout in the northern desert province of Ha’il, the Interior Ministry said.