'Ideal Teacher' kills 6 colleagues in Saudi office attack
Riyadh - The motive of the suspect were unclear.
A man killed six employees in a "criminal" attack at an education department office in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, the interior ministry said.
According to a Saudi Gazette report, the ministry identified the assailant as a teacher.
The rampage in which two others were wounded occurred in the southern province of Jazan at about 2:00 pm (1100 GMT), ministry spokesman General Mansour al-Turki told AFP.
"This is a criminal act," said Turki, adding that one suspect had been arrested.
He was unable to immediately confirm how the victims were killed but state television reported they were shot.
The motive of the suspect were unclear.
Local sources told another Saudi newspaper, Okaz, that the arrested person is Abdullah Jaber Al-Malki, a teacher in Islamic Education who was given the 'Ideal Teacher' award.
Those who died following the firing are Hussein Al Malki, Hassan Musa Al Malki, Mohammed Al Malki, Sultan Al Malki, Hassan Mohammed Al Malki, Hassan Jabbar Al Malki and Abdullah Johali.
Abdullah, who is 30 years old, used a Kalashnikov while storming the education department in Bani Malik, Jazan.
Officers responded to a report that a man "was shooting at a number of employees while they were carrying out their duties," Al Ekhbariya state television reported on its Twitter account.
On the Internet, purported pictures from the scene showed at least five ambulances outside a building resembling a low-rise apartment block.
The killings occurred in the remote community of Ad Dair, several kilometres (miles) from the Yemeni border.
Ali Al Khawaji, a spokesman for the regional education department, said three of the dead were "education supervisors" while three others were administrators.
One of the wounded, also an admin worker, was in critical condition, Khawaji said.
Jazan and other southern border districts have been shelled by rebels in Yemen since March last year when a Saudi-led coalition began air strikes and later ground operations to halt the advance of the Huthi rebels there.
More than 90 soldiers and civilians have been killed in shelling and skirmishes in the Saudi border region.
Criminal mass shootings are rare in Saudi Arabia.