Riyadh: Saudi police have recovered the body of a kidnapped pro-government judge after a shootout in which a policeman and a suspected militant were killed, the interior ministry said on Monday. The remains of Judge Mohammed Al Jirani were found on a farm in the town of Awamiya in the kingdom's Eastern Province. The raid took place last Tuesday and subsequent DNA tests confirmed that a body recovered was that of Sheikh Jirani, a ministry spokesman told the official Saudi Press Agency. The ministry named the slain suspect as Salman Al Faraj, adding that he was wanted on suspicion of terrorism offences. Sheikh Jirani was kidnapped in December 2016 in front of his Awamiya home. The authorities said at the time that they had arrested three suspects. Considered close to the authorities, the judge had been the target of several attacks before his abduction. In 2011, his house and car were set on fire and members of his family barely escaped the flames. In 2012, his house was attacked again by armed men who failed to capture him. Sheikh Jirani was critical of the protest movement among his fellow and accused leading clerics in the community of being too close to neighbouring countries. Awamiya is a town of around 25,000 people. Authorities said that the walled neighbourhood's labyrinth of alleyways had become a breeding ground for "terrorists". The demolitions prompted armed clashes between militants and security forces.