Saudi Gazette – Authorities have launched an investigation into the killing of two security officers in Dammam’s Al-Khudariya district late Saturday night, security spokesman for the Ministry of Interior announced on Sunday.

The two officers were patrolling in a police vehicle when they came under fire at around 11:30 p.m., ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

They were both pronounced dead on arrival in hospital.

The two officers were identified as Chief Sergeant Musa Alqbi and soldier Nawaf Al-Otaibi.

This is not the first time that security patrols have come under attack in the Eastern Province. In January four policemen were killed in attacks.

Last month, Dammam police arrested two men — one Saudi and the other Syrian— in possession of a firearm and an explosive vest who were allegedly recruited by the Daesh group to carry out a suicide attack.

Two other Syrians were also arrested.

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