ISIS on Sunday claimed responsibility for an attack on a Saudi security services base north of Riyadh, in which four jihadist assailants were reported killed and three policemen wounded.
In a statement released by its propaganda arm Amaq, ISIS said, “The attack on the security services base in the town of Zulfi northwest of Riyadh was carried out by [ISIS] fighters.”
Quoting a spokesman for the state security services, the Saudi Press Agency said a “group of terrorists” tried to “storm the building” but security authorities repelled them, killing four.
An investigation was launched to identify the assailants as well as the type of “explosive material” they had in their possession, SPA said.
The London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper earlier reported that the attackers had rammed a vehicle into a security barrier around the base in an attempt to gain entry.
Two gunmen then stepped out of the vehicle and opened fire, sparking a gun battle with police, who killed them, the paper reported.
A third was gunned down as he attempted to flee while a fourth died as he tried to set off an explosive belt, the paper said.
The kingdom has seen numerous attacks in recent years by jihadists, including Al-Qaeda and ISIS, against security forces.
It has also seen clashes between Shiite militants and security forces in the eastern provinces.
– with reporting by AFP