DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 6 - Saudi security forces finally overwhelmed a cell of militants holed up in a house in the Persian Gulf city of Dammam on Tuesday, ending a three-day siege. The bloody firefight was the latest in a string of confrontations between militants and security forces throughout the country.
Late Monday, the Interior Ministry announced that security forces had killed two militants on Sunday, including the No. 3 most-wanted militant in Saudi Arabia, Zaid Saad Zaid al-Samari, who was sought in connection with numerous attacks.
The militants took refuge in the seaside house on Sunday night and held security men at bay with heavy arms until Tuesday.
An Interior Ministry source, quoted by SPA, the official Saudi news agency, said security forces completed the operation in the Almubarakia neighborhood of Dammam by midday Tuesday. The agency said 4 policemen had been killed, 10 wounded and an unspecified number of militants killed.