Four suspected Saudi militants and a security guard have been killed in a shoot-out in Saudi Arabia, the interior ministry has said.
The gun battle began when security forces spotted five men wanted on security charges in Buraida, state television quoted officials as saying.
The suspects opened fire when approached by guards, who responded.
Buraida, a desert town north of Riyadh, is known to be a heartland of militant Islamists linked to Osama Bin Laden.
“Security forces uncovered a group of wanted men who belong to the deviant group in the Khudaira area of Buraida,” the ministry statement read on Saudi television said.
Saudi authorities normally use the phrase “deviant group” to refer to followers of Saudi-born al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.
One militant and two policemen were also injured in the shooting, and weapons and ammunition were found, officials said.