DUBAI:– Saudi security forces said on Monday they had killed a suspected militant during a siege which followed an attack on a police station in the west of the country. Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, has been hit by a spate of deadly gun and bomb attacks on security forces and its minorities since last year. Many have been claimed by local branches of Islamic State. Brigadier General Mohammed al-Harithi told Ekhbariya TV that Mohammed al-Maliki had responded with gunfire to appeals for his surrender during the stand-off near the Western city of Taif.–Reuters

 Al-Maliki was carrying hand grenades, the Saudi security official said. A soldier was earlier killed on Sunday during the siege.