ISIL militants seize Saudi posts near border with Iraq: Iraqi officer
Iran Press TV
Tue Jan 6, 2015 1:22PM
Iraqi security sources say the ISIL Takfiri militants have attacked a number of Saudi border posts along Iraq's strife-stricken western province of al-Anbar, and managed to take control over the military facilities.
Sheikh Abdul-Qadir al-Nile, a senior security officer in Anbar, quoted by Iraq-based semi official Waradana News agency, said on Tuesday that the ISIL seized several Saudi border posts after a group of assailants fired shots on Saudi patrol at around 4:30 a.m. (0130 GMT) on Monday in Saudi Arabia's Northern Borders Province.
Nile further made a reference to the Arar border crossing as one of the posts captured by the ISIL members.
Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki said four gunmen attacked a Saudi security patrol near the Iraqi border early on Monday, killing three soldiers and wounding at least three more.
According to the official, Saudi border guards returned fire, killing two attackers. The other two tried to flee and hide. One of the attackers later detonated his explosives-laden vest and died. The fourth was shot dead by Saudi forces.
Arar region borders Iraq's volatile Anbar province, where the ISIL have been actively operating.
ISIL terrorists are currently in control of large areas across Syria and Iraq where they have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations and crucifixions, against different Iraqi and Syrian communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.
Saudi Arabia stepped up security on the frontier in July last year and deployed thousands of extra troops to support the border guards force, after the ISIL terror group seized swathes of territory in Iraq, including Anbar Province.
This comes as senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar and some other Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.
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