Mosque

Three Saudi Arabian cities – the holy city of Medina, Jeddah and Qatif – have been targets of a well-coordinated terrorist attack

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia’s internal ministry said on July 4 that four security officers had been killed, while five others were wounded in a suicide attack outside the Prophet’s Mosque in the holy city of Medina.

“Four security guards were martyred and five others wounded as a result of their opposition to the suicide attacker who detonated explosives near them as he was on his way to the mosque,” the ministry confirmed on their official Twitter account.

The mosque was visited by pilgrims around the world during the final days of the holy month of Ramadan. The explosion occurred moments before sunset prayers when people were breaking their fast inside the mosque.

The attack was preceded by two other attacks on the same day in the cities of Jeddah and Qatif.

The attack in Qatif took place near a Shiite mosque and killed no one except for the bomber himself. The Jeddah attack occurred on Monday morning, when officers confronted a man acting suspiciously near the United States Consulate, who later detonated the explosives, killing himself and injuring two guards. The attacker has been identified as Abdullah Waqar Khan, a Pakistani national in his early 30s. Pakistan said on Tuesday that it was going to investigate whether the suicide bomber in Jeddah was one of its nationals.

Following the attacks Muslims around the world expressed their outrage and sorrow, while there was a condemnation from international community as well.

“We will strike with an iron hand those who target the minds and thoughts of our dear youth,” Salman, the King of Saudi Arabia.

Deiptimaan Chowdhury, Correspondent (Asia: Middle East & Central)

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