Suicide bombers set three cities of Saudi Arabia – the birthplace of Islam- on fire Monday, July 4, the day Muslims prepared to break their fast on the penultimate day of the holy month of Ramadan.
Local reports say a bomb exploded at a parking lot outside the Prophet’s Mosque in the holy city of Medina, killing at least four security officers in an apparently coordinated campaign of attacks, which targets U.S. diplomats, Shi’ite worshippers, and a security headquarters.
Two of the attacks failed but four people were killed in the third, while five other officers were wounded, a statement said.
Detail of the Saudi Arabia’s Attacks
The first incident occurred before dawn near the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah. The attacker killed only himself after detonating an explosive according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.
One of the suicide bombers has been identified by the Saudi Interior Ministry who said the 34-year-old man blew himself up with an explosives belt.
According to the ministry, the Pakistani national Abdullah Qlazar Khan, lived in Jeddah with his wife and one of her parents. He came to Saudi Arabia 12 years ago to work as a driver, Saudi officials said.
In Qatif, eastern Saudi Arabia, a second suicide bomber attempted an attack at a Shiite mosque but failed, killing himself in the process, according to an official with knowledge of the event. There were no injuries.
An official said the third and deadly bombing occurred in Medina, where four people were killed and another person was wounded. The source said that the bomber, who died in the explosion, targeted security officers, but it is unknown precisely who was killed.
Meanwhile, Police and groups of local volunteers increased security near mosques in Qatif after the suicide bombings and top Saudi clerical body condemned the attacks.
The Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars said in a statement,
“They are renegades from the (true) religion who have left behind the Muslim flock and their imam, violating all sanctities.
“They have no religion,” it added.