Saudi soldier killed in gunbattle with militants – state news agency
A Saudi soldier loads ammunition at their position at Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen - REUTERS

A Saudi soldier was killed on Sunday in what state news agency SPA described as a “foiled attempt to carry out a terrorist attack” in the central province of Taif.

Two assailants opened fire on a security checkpoint before retreating to a mountain village called Thaqeef where a gunbattle killed the soldier, named as private Saeed al-Harithy, SPA said.

Troops found an explosive vest and bomb making material and the security operation was ongoing, SPA added.

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