Saudi Arabia Arrests Man on Most-Wanted List in East, SPA Says

Saudi security forces arrested a man on a list of 23 individuals wanted for security offenses, including killing and injuring people and security personnel, the Saudi Press Agency reported, citing an Interior Ministry spokesman.

Hussain Hassan al-Rabia was arrested in the al-Qatif area of the oil-rich Eastern Province, the Riyadh-based news service said today, citing spokesman Major General Mansour al-Turki. He was arrested yesterday as he was “selling a large amount of drugs” in the town of Awwamiya, it said.

While Sunni Muslim-majority Saudi Arabia largely escaped the unrest that spread across the Arab world last year, minority Shiite protesters have clashed this year with security forces in Awwamiya, al-Qatif and other eastern towns. In July, security forces arrested dissident Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr in the al-Qatif area.

Al-Rabia and a member of the Saudi security forces were injured during an exchange of gun fire, it said

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