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DAESH CLAIMS KILLING OF SAUDI OFFICER – Hint London, Rome, Berlin targets

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Men hold their hands up behind a chain link fence as Pakistani and Afghan migrants protest inside the Moria detention center in Mytilene on the Greek island of Lesbos
Men hold their hands up behind a chain link fence as Pakistani and Afghan migrants protest inside the Moria detention center in Mytilene on the Greek island of Lesbos

CAIRO, April 5, (Agencies): The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday suggesting it may carry out further attacks in the West, naming London, Berlin and Rome as possible targets. “If it was Paris yesterday, and today Brussels, Allah knows where it will be tomorrow.

Maybe it will be in London or Berlin or Rome,” said a member of the group in English on the video which showed footage of the aftermath of previous attacks. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for bombings that killed 31 people in Brussels in March and attacks in Paris last November that killed 130.

The video showed images of the House of Commons in London and Rome’s Colosseum. A Saudi police colonel was shot dead in the Riyadh region on Tuesday, the interior ministry said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

Colonel Kattab Majid al- Hammadi was killed by gunfire “from an unknown source” in the town of Duwadimi, the ministry said in a statement, adding that an investigation has been launched. Najd Province, the IS affiliate in Saudi Arabia, said in a statement on Twitter that its jihadists had “assassinated” the officer. It threatened further attacks against security forces in the Sunni-ruled kingdom. The attack is the second claimed by the Sunni extremist group against Saudi police in the past four days.

The interior ministry announced that a foreign resident was killed in a bomb blast targeting a police patrol vehicle late on Saturday, also in the Riyadh region. Authorities did not specify the nationality of the victim in that incident but said two security patrol vehicles parked in the area were damaged in the bombing claimed by Najd Province. IS frequently claims attacks on Saudi security forces as well as deadly bombings and shootings that target the kingdom’s Shiite minority. In August, an IS suicide bomber struck a mosque inside a Saudi special forces headquarters, killing 15 people.

IS, which controls swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, has claimed responsibility for a wave of attacks in the region and elsewhere, including deadly bombings in Brussels last month.

In December, Saudi Arabia announced the creation of an “anti-terrorism” coalition whose members it said would share intelligence, counter violent ideology and deploy troops if necessary to combat extremists.

The kingdom is also part of the US-led coalition bombing IS in Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile, authorities in southern Turkey have arrested two men suspected of preparing to carry out suicide bombings for the Islamic State (IS) group, which has staged two attacks in Istanbul this year, reports said Tuesday. The men were arrested in the southern province of Gaziantep, which borders Syria, the local governor’s offi ce said in a statement carried by the Dogan news agency.

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