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article imageSaudi Arabia soldier shot dead by armed protester in Bahrain

By Leo Reyes     Mar 15, 2011 in Politics
A Saudi Arabian soldier who is part of the 1,000 troops sent over to Bahrain by Saudi Arabia to secure vital installations in the tiny gulf country, was shot dead reportedly by an anti-government protester Tuesday in Manama, a Saudi Arabian official said
"The official said the shooting took place on Tuesday when a person from the crowd of protesters shot at the Saudi troops. The official said the victim, Ahmed al-Raddadi, was a sergeant in the Saudi military. No other details were immediately available." reports.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.
About 1,000 Saudi soldiers entered Bahrain to protect government facilities, a Saudi official source said, "a day after mainly Shi'ite protesters overran police and blocked roads", reports.
"They are part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) force that would guard the government installations," the source said, referring to the six-member bloc that coordinates military and economic policy in the world's top oil-exporting region.
"Bahrain said on Monday it had asked the Gulf troops for support in line with a GCC defense pact. The United Arab Emirates has said it would also respond to the call", the report said.
The GCC, created in 1981, is composed of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain. These countries share common boundaries and likewise share many economic and social objectives. The grouping is popularly known as Arab Gulf States. The council or the Arab Gulf States are bound by their charter to help each other in times of need.
Other than UAE, the rest of the members of GCC have not sent their troops to Bahrain to help in restoring order and to protect and preserve vital installations in the troubled country.
The tiny Arab State is home to the US Fifth Fleet.
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