Saudi police arrest prominent Shi’ite Muslim cleric | Reuters
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - A prominent Shi’ite Muslim cleric wanted for “sedition” was arrested in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province late on Sunday after being shot in the leg by police in an exchange of fire, the Interior Ministry said.
Activists said reports that Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr had been arrested prompted demonstrations in the mostly Shi’ite Qatif region of the Eastern Province, which has been the focal point of protests alleging discrimination, and where the cleric was seen as a leading radical.
Shi’ite activists and websites reported that at least two men had been killed in the protests, but there was no independent confirmation of the deaths and a government spokesman was not immediately able to comment on the reports of demonstrations or casualties.
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