Saudi says security forces kill four militants in Shi'ite village

December 20, 2014 8:53 PM

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DOHA (Reuters) - Security forces killed four militants in eastern Saudi Arabia on Saturday in a raid on a hideout used by gunmen who killed a policeman in the area last week, the interior ministry said.

The shootout was the deadliest incident in recent years in Awamiya, a village that has been the focal point of unrest among Saudi Shi'ite Muslims since mass protests in early 2011 calling for an end to discrimination and for democratic reforms in the absolute Sunni monarchy.

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