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Saudi Arabia says arrested accomplice in Riyadh attack

Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki
Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki

(AA) – Saudi police have arrested a suspected accomplice in the murder of two policemen in Riyadh earlier this month, an attack that the authorities said earlier was carried out “upon instructions from the Daesh militant group.”

Nawaf Sherif al-Anzi was arrested in a compound in the central province of Rimah after the security agencies received a tip-off on his hideout, an Interior Ministry spokesman was quoted by state-run SPA news agency.

Earlier this month, the ministry had announced a 1-million-Saudi-riyal bounty (around $266,000) for any information leading to al-Anzi’s arrest after he was accused of instructing the main suspect in the April 8 shooting – identified as  23-year-old Yazid Mohamed Abu Nian – to carry out the attack.

Al-Anzi is also accused of providing guns, ammunition and 10,000 Saudi riyals for the plot, according to the ministry.

The ministry said earlier that Abu Nian had confessed to opening fire on a security patrol in eastern Riydah on April 8, killing two policemen, at the instruction of “elements affiliated with the Daesh militant group in Syria.”

Saudi Arabia is a member of a U.S.-led coalition that has carried out more hundreds of airstrikes against Daesh positions in Iraq and Syria since last summer.

The anti-Daesh alliance also includes France, Germany, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, among others.

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