RIYADH, July 14 (Xinhua) -- A Saudi soldier was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Qatif region in the Eastern province, Saudi Interior Ministry tweeted on Friday.
The ministry highlighted that the victim was killed while his patrol was targeted near a beach in the region.
Shooting by unknown attackers, which target police and military personnel, is common by violent Shiite youth who are demanding more rights in the Sunni conservative state.
Saudi Arabia executed four local extremists convicted in numerous terror attacks in Qatif this week.
The ministry confirmed that they were involved in several terror attacks since 2011, including shooting, using weapons and explosive devices that targeted the Tarut police station and several security patrol units in the restive Eastern province area.