RIYADH, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Anonymous arsonists burned on Saturday a branch of Al Riyadh bank in Qatif in the eastern province Saudi Arabia, Al Sharq local online news reported.
This is the latest attack in the area after the branch of Al Jazira bank was targeted on Feb. 25, while similar arsons were reported recently that targeted money exchange companies and banks.
The fire occurred in the early hours of morning on Saturday and damaged the ATM machine and inside parts of the bank. Initial investigation indicated criminal suspicions behind the case.
Arsons, rioting and vandalism are common in Qatif and other areas in eastern province by groups of youths, who are part of the minority Shiite community that resides in the district and demand more rights in conservative Sunni state.