Unidentified gunmen have reportedly shot dead a police officer in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Crown Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, the governor of the oil-rich Eastern Province, said that Raid al-Mutairi was killed at a security checkpoint in the town of Qatif on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Colonel Ziad Al-Ruqaiti, spokesman for the provincial police, said that several security checkpoints in Qatif had come under fire by armed men.
The development comes two days after Saudi forces killed at least five people in the Shia-majority town of Awamia. Several people were also injured or arrested.
There have been numerous demonstrations in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province since 2011, with the protesters calling for political reform and an end to widespread discrimination. Several people have been killed and many others injured or arrested during the demonstrations.
Activists say there are over 30,000 political prisoners in Saudi Arabia.
The Al Saud government has come under fire from international human rights organizations for failing to address the rights situation in the monarchy. They say Riyadh has persistently implemented repressive policies that stifle freedom of expression, association, and assembly.