Member of Saudi security forces killed in operation to free 3 laborers taken hostage

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Saudi police say a member of the security forces has been killed in an operation to free three laborers taken hostage by a gunman in the capital, Riyadh.

A statement by the Riyadh police carried by the official Saudi Press Agency on Monday said an attacker armed with an assault rifle seized the workers Sunday evening near a mosque and opened fire when surrounded by police. He was eventually wounded and captured.

Police say the hostages were freed. In addition to the slain officer, a civilian and a member of the security forces were injured.

The incident comes amid growing concerns about militant attacks in the kingdom in retaliation for its role in the coalition battling the Islamic State group.