Saudi Police Kill 2 Gunmen in Clashes

Police killed two armed men Monday during clashes in the Red Sea port of Jeddah, security officials said.

The fighting began after police followed a group of men to an apartment building, where they encountered heavy gunfire, according to a statement reported by the official Saudi Press Agency.

The security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media, did not provide further details on the two slain men.

It was not immediately known how many were in the group or whether they were wanted on terrorism charges.

Saudi security forces have been waging a high-profile campaign against terrorists linked to attacks inside this U.S.-allied kingdom dating back to 2003.

Hundreds have been detained in the campaign, which has managed to capture or kill most of those named on most-wanted lists.

Elsewhere in Jeddah, police arrested five Saudis and a Yemeni, security officials said Sunday, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

The officials did not provide additional information on the suspects or why they were detained.