RIYADH — The Interior Ministry said a “seditious instigator” in the Eastern Province town of Al-Awamiyah was arrested Sunday following a gun battle.
Nimr Baqir Al-Nimr and his followers opened fire on security officers who tried to arrest them at around 4 P.M. Sunday, said Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, security spokesman of the Ministry of Interior. They were arrested after the vehicle they were escaping in crashed into a patrol car, Al-Turki said.
He said Al-Nimr was wounded when officers responded to the gunfire. He was arrested and taken to hospital. Al-Nimr will be prosecuted on charges of sedition, Al-Turki added.
The security forces will not tolerate instigators of sedition and disorder who become tools in the hands of the enemies of the homeland,” he added. — SPA