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Suspected Islamists in Saudi Arabia with high-powered weapons opened fire at a police stationhouse in Awamiya on Tuesday, in a "hit-and run" attack that left three police officers wounded, according to several Middle East news organizations.

The three police officers were on their posts outside the police station when the still unidentified attackers began to fire at the officers and their stationhouse, said the Saudi Press Agency report.

One of the wounded police officers is listed as being in critical condition, the ministry said, after all three officers were rushed to a hospital emergency room.

A police dragnet is underway to trackdown the perpetrators of the sneak attack on the law enforcement facility, according to SPA.

Last week, a shootout in the same community ended with two police officers dead along with

two radical Muslim gunmen.

Meanwhile on the same day, a criminal court judge in the Saudi city of Riyadh handed down an 18-year prison sentence to a Saudi radical Islamist, Jeddah Dhu-AlQa'dah, for issuing fatwas against the royal family and their government, and for assisting jihadists travel to Syrian, Somali, and other Muslim countries experiencing armed conflicts, according to Arab News.

During his trial, it was revealed that he was cognizant of plans by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to perpetrate terrorist attacks throughout the Kingdom.

Following his prison term, the judge said the "jihadist facilitator" would be banned from traveling abroad for an additional 18 years.

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