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Teacher shoots dead 6 colleagues in Saudi Arabia

A teacher in southern Saudi Arabia opened fire on colleagues on Thursday, killing at least six people and wounding two, state television reported.

Teacher shoots-AVThe brief reports on the state television channel’s website and Twitter account did not
elaborate or offer a reason for the shooting at an education department building. It quoted an unnamed police spokesman for the information and said the suspected shooter was in custody.
The state-run Saudi Press Agency did not immediately report the shooting.

State TV posted a still photograph that showed ambulances gathered outside the building where the shooting took place in Jazan province.

Mass shootings are rare in the kingdom. Saudi Arabia has faced a series of recent attacks by Islamic State jihadists.

Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of countries conducting airstrikes and ground operations in neighboring Yemen in support of the deeply impoverished country’s internationally recognized government.

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