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Apr 22, 2019 | 14:53 GMT

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Saudi Arabia: Security Forces Foil Attack on Security Facility

What Happened: Four gunmen have attempted to storm a Saudi security facility roughly 240 kilometers (about 150 miles) north of Riyadh, but security forces killed all four assailants, AP reported April 21, noting that the Islamic State issued a claim of responsibility for the attack via its Amaq news agency.

Why It Matters: The Islamic State rarely claims attacks in Saudi Arabia, although Sunni militancy and radicalization pose a perpetual security risk in the country. However, the assault also highlights that the capabilities of militants within Saudi Arabia remain limited, underscoring their lack of manpower, networking or resources to conduct larger or more complex attacks.

Background: The Islamic State says it maintains a small cell operating in central Saudi Arabia and the group claimed an attack in the country in July 2018, although Saudi security forces have been effective in preventing attacks and degrading the Islamic State's small presence in the kingdom.

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