Saudis say suspect in police killing linked to Islamic State

Saudi authorities say a Yemeni national accused of killing a Saudi policeman had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and may be linked to an attack last year on security forces that killed 15 people.

Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki says the Yemeni man deliberately ran over Cpl. Mathhal al-Salouli and then stabbed him in the throat on Wednesday in the southwestern border province of Asir.

He says six other Yemenis have been detained in connection with the attack.

The state-linked al-Watan newspaper reported Sunday that security officials are also investigating possible links between the Yemeni suspect and an IS suicide bombing inside a police compound in Asir that killed 11 members of an elite counterterrorism force last year.