Saudi forces fatally shoot woman during raid to capture wanted suspect

RIYADH: Saudi security forces shot and killed a woman during a raid to arrest a man suspected of involvement in attacks on Shias in the kingdom in 2014 and 2015, Saudi state news agency reported on Sunday.


The agency quoted the interior ministry as saying in a statement that the man, identified as Swielem al-Ruwaili, was captured in the raid on Thursday.

Kingdom’s 72nd execution of 2016
The kingdom executed one of its nationals convicted of murder on Sunday, bringing to 72 the number of people put to death this year.

Hadian al-Qahtani was found guilty of shooting dead Abdullah al-Qaoud following a dispute, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.

Most people executed in Saudi Arabia are beheaded with a sword.

The executions so far this year include 47 for “terrorism” carried out in a single day on January 2.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia executed 153 people, most of them for drug trafficking or murder, according to an AFP count.

Rights group Amnesty International says the number of executions in Saudi Arabia last year was the highest for two decades. However the tally was far behind those of China and Iran.

The kingdom has a strict Islamic legal code under which murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery, rape and apostasy are all punishable by death.