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Five die in Saudi Arabia shooting

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 00:45

Islamic State says it carried out a shooting at a Shi'ite meeting hall in Saudi Arabia in which five people were killed as well as the gunman. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A gunman shot and killed five people in an attack on a Shi'ite Muslim meeting hall in Saudi Arabia on Friday (October 16) before being shot dead by police, local media reported, in an attack claimed by Islamic State. The deadly assault will raise tensions in the kingdom's largely Shi'ite Eastern province, a focus of the ultra-violent Sunni militants who view them as apostates worthy of death. A resident reached by telephone told Reuters that the assailant approached the meeting hall in the eastern city of Saihat in a taxi but was stopped at a checkpoint manned by volunteers protecting the site. Police arrived and a gunbattle broke out, which the resident said injured several people and left the shooter dead. Islamic State, an ultra-violent Sunni group based in Iraq and Syria, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted online. Islamic State has launched a series of deadly attacks inside the kingdom in recent months, aiming to stir sectarian confrontation on the Arabian peninsula and bring about the overthrow of Gulf states' ruling dynasties.

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Five die in Saudi Arabia shooting

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 00:45