Saudi Officials: Deadly Shootout Involved Al Qaeda Operatives

(CNN) — Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry on Sunday revealed details about a deadly shootout last last week linked to al Qaeda, the official Saudi Press Association news agency reported.

Three men, including a Saudi soldier, were killed in last Tuesday's confrontation at a security checkpoint in the southern Saudi city of Jizan, near the border with Yemen.

The two civilians killed in the shootout with the Saudi Security Forces were identified as Yousif Al-Shihri and Raed Al-Harbi, according to the interior ministry's statement.

Both men were Saudis, and were on a list of the country's 85 most wanted militants. They were both members of al Qaeda in Yemen, the statement said.

While terrorist activity has become more common in Saudi Arabia, it is rare for the Ministry of Interior to release such detailed information regarding suspected terrorist activities. Last month the interior ministry released details about a suicide bomber who attempted to assassinate Saudi Arabia's assistant interior minister.

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