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Saudi Arabia Sentences Islamist Militants to Death over Killings of Shiites

Wednesday 2 September 2020

RIYADH (Reuters) — A Saudi court has sentenced seven Islamic State militants to death over a 2014 shooting attack that killed eight Shiite Muslims near the eastern city of al-Ahsa, state television reported on Wednesday.

In November 2014, three suspected members of the Sunni Muslim jihadist group opened fire on Shiites who were celebrating Ashura, a holy festival in their calendar, in the village of Dalwa, killing eight people there.

Seven defendants were sentenced to death after their conviction while three others were handed 25-year jail terms each, the Ekhbariya channel said on Twitter.


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