A soldier and an alleged gunman died, with one soldier wounded, in a shootout during Shia protests in Qatif, in the oil-rich Eastern Province
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 4 August 2012
"Two people have been killed in clashes between soldiers and Shia protesters in eastern Saudi Arabia, state media reported.
A soldier and a Shia gunman were killed in a shootout in the city of Qatif late on Friday, according to the interior ministry.
Spokesman Mansour Turki told the state news agency SPAs that a security patrol was shot at by four men on motorbikes. Another soldier was wounded in the incident. Four protesters were arrested, including one who was taken to hospital after suffering a bullet wound.
The deaths bring to 11 the number of people killed in the Qatif area since November. The oil-rich Eastern Province is home to a Shia majority that has long complained of marginalisation......"