Saudi border under militants’ attack

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Saudi border guards. File photo

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Erbil, Kurdistan Region – Official sources reported that on Monday, a senior Saudi officer along with two border guards were killed in a suicide attack at the border between Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

This is deemed as the first attack of its kind launched against Saudi border guards since the outbreak of the conflict in Iraq. Although the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) didn’t declare responsibility for the attack, Saudi and Iraqi officials accused the group of killing the officer and two members of the Saudi border police. 

The Saudi Interior Ministry said that the commander of the border guards in the northern area, Brigadier Auda Awad al-Balawi, and the soldiers Tariq al-Halwa and Yahya Ahmed Migri were killed during the attack.

Meanwhile, Colonel Salem Attasan was wounded as a result of a terrorist attack on the border Center of Sweif.

Saudi Arabia’s border with Iraq is secured with a series of earth mounds and fencing, and is subjected to constant monitoring by cameras and radars. 

No party has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, the desert area (in Saudi Arabia) adjacent to the Anbar province of Iraq has witnessed unprecedented movement recently by militants of the Islamic State, as well as other Iraqi factions affiliated with Iran. 

Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, security spokesman of the Saudi Interior Ministry, reported that the border guard’s patrol in the Sweif Center (administratively linked to the Jidaidat Arar in the northern region of the border) was exposed to a terrorist attack while the guards were performing their duty to secure the area.

“While the patrol was monitoring the border, it was surrounded the terrorists who opened fire on them, killing one of its crew, while one terrorist detonated an explosive belt, causing his own death and the martyrdom of an officer and two security men, and wounding another officer,” Gen. al-Turki added.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement to local media that the attack was carried out by four gunmen who were carrying rifles, pistols and hand grenades.

Speaking to ARA News, lawyer Farid Hisso said that it is expected that the terrorism of the IS group will expand into all states in the region, “for it is basically an expansionist ideology which does not recognize any borders”.  

“Much more serious efforts are needed by all forces of the region in order to get rid of this radical organization (IS), which will reach everywhere if it was not stopped and eliminated,” Hisso argued.

Noteworthy, the Islamic State group took control of large tracts in Syria and Iraq recently, having thousands of fighters from dozens of different nationalities in its ranks.

 

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yusuf

Source: ARA News

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