3 suicide bombers rock Saudi Arabia

Jul 05, 2016, 07:39 IST | Agencies

The attack in Jeddah was near the US consulate, while the other two were outside mosques in Qatif and Medina

A suicide bomber blew himself up near the United States consulate in Jeddah yesterday. Two security officers were hurt. A local newspaper said security officers sealed off the area after “a person blew himself up in a car in front of the US consulate.” There was no immediate word on who was responsible. It happened just before the dawn prayers.

Pictures on social media showed dark smoke billowing from flames near the mosque. Pic/Twitter

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Shiite mosque in Qatif, without causing any other injuries. “Suicide bomber for sure. I can see the body torn apart,” said a witness in the Shiite-populated city of Qatif. Pictures on social media showed a small fire burning in the street, severed limbs and what appeared to be a severed head.

Another suicide blast hit security headquarters at Masjid-e-Nabvi in Medina shortly after Iftar. According to reports, suicide bomber detonated a device near the security headquarters of the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina,  the second-holiest site in Islam. Footage on al-Arabiya channel showed a blazing vehicle. Four people were reported dead.

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