Saudi guards killed near Yemen border

April 11, 2014 - 5:47:55 am

RIYADH: Two Saudi soldiers have been killed in a clash with unidentified gunmen who fired on them from across the border with Yemen, the interior ministry said yesterday.

A border guard patrol in the southwestern province of Asir “came under heavy gunfire on Wednesday morning from unknown sources inside Yemeni territory,” said the ministry.

The attack triggered a gun battle which resulted in the death of sergeant Abdulrazaq Al Qhamidi and soldier Mohammed Al Qahtani, it said in a statement. 

The Saudi authorities were coordinating with their counterparts in Yemen to investigate the attack.

The kingdom shares a long and porous border with Yemen.