Islamic State group militants allegedly killed in foiled attack in Saudi Arabia

Security forces have also confirmed that they had killed four alleged Islamic State militants who had planned Sunday's attack, according to state news agency Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Saudi security forces said on Sunday that they had foiled an attempted terror attack that targeted a domestic intelligence centre in the town of Al Zulfi, a small city situated about 250 kilometres north of Riyadh. It gave no further details. Three police officers were lightly hurt in what the statement called a "terrorist attack". Videos circulating on social media show dead gunmen with machine guns and explosive devices.

Online videos showed a vehicle at a checkpoint with its doors open and two bloody corpses splayed on the ground nearby.

After crushing an al-Qaeda insurgency over a decade ago, deadly bombings and shootings have been carried out by Islamic State against security forces and minority Shi'ite Muslims in Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter.

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On April 7, two men armed with explosives were killed and two others arrested as they attacked a security checkpoint in a predominantly Shiite region in eastern Saudi Arabia, which has seen years of demonstrations against the Sunni royal family.

The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Interior tweeted photos of the attackers who had been killed, as a way of confirming security forces had prevented a "terrorist" attack.

Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, rented by Abdullah Al-Hamoud, one of the four perpetrators, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives and explosive belts. At least 127 soldiers were killed and 450 injured but the final death toll also included a number of worshippers who were taken hostage and numerous gunmen.

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