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Official Source Issues Statement on Qatif Governorate Incident.

Riyadh, Dhu-AlQa'dah 6, 1432, Oct 4, 2011, SPA -- An official source at the Ministry of Interior stated today that at nine p.m. on Monday, a group of instigators of sedition, discord and unrest gathered near Al-Reef Roundabout in Awamiyah Town, Qatif Governorate; some of them, on motorcycles, were carrying Molotov bombs. They started their disturbing acts against the Public peace at the behest of a foreign country seeking to undermine the security and stability of the homeland in blatant interference in national sovereignty.

Such instigation was accepted by some weak-minded people who thought their actions will pass without a firm stand against whoever surrenders his will to the instructions and orders of foreign entities that seek to extend an influence outside their narrow circle. Those people have to clearly decide whether their loyalty is to Allah and their homeland or to that State and its authority.

With the grace of Allah Almighty, the security forces dealt with those people on site. After having been dispersed, security men encountered automatic weapon fire from a nearby neighborhood, injuring 11 security men, nine of whom were injured by weapon fire and two by Molotov bomb attacks. A man and two women in a nearby building were also injured by arms' fire. All injured were hospitalized.

In announcing this incident, the Ministry of Interior affirms that it will not tolerate any breach of the stability and security of the country and its citizens. The Ministry of Interior will deal with any mercenary or misled person by force and will strike with an iron fist whoever wishes to do so. At the same time, the Ministry of Interior calls upon the rational members of their families, those of whose loyalties we have no doubts, to bear their responsibilities towards their sons; otherwise, all will bear the consequences of their actions.

--SPA 21:26 LOCAL TIME 18:26 GMT

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