RIYADH: A Saudi national who shot dead a member of the security forces was among three people beheaded in the kingdom on Thursday, the interior ministry said. Authorities executed Fayez al-Atwi in Riyadh after his conviction for gunning down the security man while he was on duty, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA). Another Saudi, Abdullah al-Balawi, was beheaded for stabbing his father to death, the interior ministry said. The third person executed was Abdullah al-Ruwaili, a Saudi found guilty of “smuggling a large amount of banned amphetamine pills,” said the ministry. The three cases bring to 72 the number of death sentences carried out this year, compared with 87 for all of 2014, according to an AFP tally.