Mosque in Damaam, Saudi Arabia attacked during Friday prayers
Islamic State have allegedly claimed responsibility for targeting the Al Anood mosque in the eastern city of Dammam in Aaudi Arabia on Friday according to Reuters news agency. Four people died when a car exploded in the vicinity of the Shiite mosque and several cars caught fire in the blast.
Joyce Karem, a journalist covering US and Middle East tweeted,
ISIS bomber in Damam, Saudi was dressed as a woman , detonated himself, killed 3 others.
Hayder al Khoei, Associate Fellow, Chatham House. Middle East watcher, tweeted the following,
Another terrorist attack on a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia, Dammam. Suicide bomber blew himself up outside entrance
Reports that suicide bomber was confronted as he tried to enter the Shia mosque. Moment of explosion (4 killed) pt
Aftermath of suicide bombing at Shia mosque in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. “Jalil, Jalil is gone, dead”
Abdul Jalil Arbash was of two men who were reported to have confronted the suicide bomber at the Shia mosque in Saudi
Source at central hospital in Dammam: Two men were martyred in mosque attack. One from Arbash family & another from Bin Eisa. No injuries.
The images below were tweeted following the attack.
This is the second week a mosque has been targeted in the Kingdom. The Imam Ali mosque in al-Qadeeh, Qatif, Saudi Arabia used by the Shia community was the target of an alleged suicide bomber during last week’s Friday prayers. According to Reuters news agency 150 people were believed to be praying at the time and there were up to 30 casualties, see link,
“Saudi Arabia: Shia mosque targeted in suicide bombing Qatif and mosque attacked in Sanaa, Yemen”
“Yemen: Islamic State claim responsibility for mosque bombings in Sanaa which kills 140 injuring hundreds”
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