Saudi Interior Ministry Says Four Security Officers Died in Attack in Medina


Time: 10:28 p.m. CEST Update: 11:41 p.m. CEST

The Associated Press publishes on Twitter, Saudi Interior Ministry said four security officers died and five are wounded in the earlier suicide bombing outside Islamic holy site in Medina.

State-linked Saudi news websites said an explosion happened on Monday, near one of the Islam’s holies sites in the city of Medina, as two suicide bombers struck in different cities without killing anyone, says the Associated Press. A suicide bomber exploded and damaged several cars near a security building outside the Prophet Muhammad’s mosque. It was not immediately clear if the blast killed or wounded anyone.

There has been no claim of responsibility. The AP says, “Monday evening, a suicide bomber and a car bomb exploded near a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, according to a resident there, several hours after another suicide bomber carried out an attack near the U.S. Consulate in the western city of Jiddah.”

Earlier on Monday, “a suicide bomber had detonated his explosives when security guards approached him near the U.S. Consulate in Jiddah. The attacker died and the two security men were lightly wounded, according to the ministry statement, which was published by the state-run Saudi Press Agency. Some cars in the parking lot were damaged.”

The IS group’s local affiliates in the kingdom have previously attacked Shiite places of worship, including an attack on a Shiite mosque in Qatif in May 2015 that killed 21 people, the AP states.

Medina is a major spot in Islam, where the Prophet Mohammed is buried.

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