Saudi forces kill four militants in Awamiya

DOHA- Saudi security forces today killed four militants in a clash in Awamiya region, the Interior Ministry said. The troops raided a militant hideout in Awamiya town and killed the four in an exchange of fire. The dead were behind the killing of a member of the security forces and wounding of ...

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