(Adds another incident in eastern province, background)
DUBAI, March 8 Saudi security forces killed a
suspected Islamic State militant when he pulled a gun on a
patrol in the capital Riyadh, the Interior Ministry said on
The patrol was trying to check a complaint on Tuesday
evening that a resident of a flat in the capital's al-Rayyan
district had joined Islamic State.
"When security men tried to arrest him, he initiated
resistance and pulled a gun and it became necessary to deal with
him and neutralise him, which led to his death," the ministry
said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.
A companion of the dead man was arrested and found to be in
possession of a weapon, it said.
The hardline Sunni militant group has carried out a series
of bombings and shootings in Saudi Arabia since mid-2014 that
have killed scores of people, mostly members of the Shi'ite
Muslim minority and security forces.
The militant group, bitterly opposed to Gulf Arab rulers, is
trying to stir sectarian confrontation on the Arabian peninsula
to bring about the overthrow of the states' ruling dynasties.
In a separate incident, a policeman was shot and killed by
unidentified assailants in Tarout Island in eastern Saudi
Arabia, an area where many of the Sunni Muslim country's Shi'ite
minority live, according to another interior ministry statement.
Shi'ites in eastern Saudi Arabia complain of discrimination,
which they say prevents them from gaining good government jobs
and deprives them from state investment in their neighbourhoods.
The Saudi government denies such charges.
(Reporting by Sami Aboudi, Editing by Angus MacSwan)