Five including 4 security men die in Asir attacks

Five including 4 security men die in Asir attacks

One gunman was killed and two detained, the broadcaster said on Twitter, citing the Saudi interior ministry, without providing more details.

Four officers were shot dead and four others wounded today when their check post came under gunfire in southern Asir province in Saudi Arabia, .

"In the interest of the investigation, their names can not be revealed".

A third Saudi suspect opened fire as he tried to escape, killing an officer and wounding four others, SPA added.

In March 2015, the kingdom launched a coalition of Arab states fighting to roll back Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen and restore the country's internationally-recognised government to power.

The security spokesman of the Saudi Interior Ministry said that at 12:40 am on Thursday night, a security checkpoint was attacked on the Arqoub road between Majarada and Bareq, in the area of Asir.

Since late 2014, the Islamic State (IS) group has claimed a series of bombings and shootings against security forces and Shia houses of worship in the kingdom.