Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned Tuesday an alleged militant attack which took place on Monday on a Saudi Arabian border guard patrol which left three officers dead.
The ministry statement stressed the “need to confront terrorism as a global phenomenon aimed at [undermining] security and stability in all parts of the world”. It also offered condolences to the Saudi Arabian government and people.
On Monday, the Islamic State in Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) allegedly carried out its first assault on Saudi Arabia. The attack took place near the Saudi town of Arar, along the border with Iraq’s Al-Anbar province.
The militants approached the border and shot at the guards, who returned fire. One militant was captured but then detonated an explosives belt, the ministry said.
The militants carried assault rifles, handguns, and hand grenades, the Saudi Arabia interior ministry said in a statement on state media.
Reuters reported that two other militants were later killed trying to escape.
Saudi Arabia is part of the US-led international coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.