Saudi forces fatally shoot woman during raid to capture wanted man

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Saudi security forces shot dead a woman armed with a machine gun during a raid to arrest a man suspected of involvement in attacks on Shia Muslims and on security forces, state news agency SPA reported on Sunday.

The agency quoted the interior ministry as saying that the man, identified as Sweilem al Ruwaili, had been hiding at one of his comrades from the “deviant group” in the northern al Jawf region when he was captured in the raid on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia uses the term deviant group to refer to extremist militants from al Qaeda or Islamic State.

Ruwaili was on a list of 16 wanted people published by the kingdom last year in connection with two deadly mosque bombings claimed by Islamic State in May.

The authorities offered a cash reward of five million riyals ($1.3 million) for information leading to their arrest.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a series of bombings and shootings in Saudi Arabia since November 2014 that have killed more than 50 people.

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