Blasts kill at least 17 in Baghdad - police, medics
BAGHDAD Three blasts killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 50 in predominantly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said.
DUBAI Two policemen were shot dead in Saudi Arabia's oil-producing Eastern Province by unknown assailants, the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television channel reported on Sunday.
The shooting occurred in Dammam while the policemen were on patrol, Al Arabiya said.
The Eastern Province is home to many Shi'ite Muslims, who form a minority in the conservative Sunni Muslim kingdom.
There have been shootings of security forces in the Eastern Province in the past by Shi'ite militants angry at what they say is repression of their community.
(Reporting by Mohamed el-Sherif in Cairo; Writing by Rania El Gamal; Editing by Paul Simao)
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