Saudi Arabia: “Al-Hijaz Province” (IS division) allegedly claims responsibility for Abha mosque attack


Abha attack is the latest in a series of mosque attacks in Saudi Arabia

(Image via Mohammad K. Alyahya)

Security forces at prayer today at a mosque in Abha, Saudi Arabia near the Yemeni border were hit by an explosion thought to have come from a suicide bomber. The blast allegedly from an individual wearing a suicide belt left over a dozen people dead and several wounded.

SITE Intel group stated,

“Al-Hijaz Province,” a newly-announced division in Saudi Arabia, claimed the suicide bombing at a mosque for emergency forces in Abha.

Mohammad K. Alyahya (Middle East History, Gulf Politics & Policy – Strategic Affairs – Associate Fellow) tweeted,

MOI confirms that 10 members of Special Emergency Forces and 3 on-site workers killed in Asir suicide attack


Asir Governor Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz visits injured victims of Asir attack (Image via Mohammad K, Alyahya)

Jihad Intel Middle East Forum provided a translation of the IS statement which reads,

“Breaking: killing and wounding of dozens in a blessed martyrdom operation targeting a camp for the forces known as ‘Special Emergency’ in Asir area.

Wilayat al-Hejaz
21 Shuwwal 1436 AH

In a special operation whose means of implementation God facilitated, the zealous soldier of the Caliphate (Abu Sinan al-Najdi) headed for one of the structures of apostasy belonging to what is known as the ‘Emergency Forces’ that have also given power to the tyrants of Al Salul [pejorative for the Saudi royal family] and their Crusader masters over the Peninsula of Muhammad (God’s peace and blessings upon him) [i.e. Arabian Peninsula], and have had a great role in maltreatment of the people of tawheed [monotheism] and obliterating their da’wa [proselytising]. So he- may God accept him- was able to penetrate through the security circles and reach the evil gathering of them inside the camp for training in the town of Abha in the Asir region, while the force of the explosion led to the killing and wounding of dozens of them- praise and blessings be to God.

We ask God to accept him in the group of martyrs, and to convey to the tyrants of the Arabian Peninsula of what evil will inflict them in the coming days by God’s permission, for Bilad al-Haramain [the land of the two sanctuaries in Mecca and Medina- i.e. Saudi Arabia] has brought out pieces of its livers in support of God’s religion and His allies.”

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Back in May, Islamic State claimed responsibility for targeting the Al Anood Shiite mosque in the eastern city of Dammam in Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers see,

“Saudi Arabia: Islamic State claim responsibility for Dammam mosque attack”

A week earlier, the Imam Ali mosque in al-Qadeeh, Qatif, Saudi Arabia used by the Shia community was the target of an alleged suicide bomber also during Friday prayers, see,

“Saudi Arabia: Shia mosque targeted in suicide bombing Qatif and mosque attacked in Sanaa, Yemen”

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

About Carol Anne Grayson

Blogging for Humanity.... Campaigner/researcher global health/human rights/drones/WOT/insurgency Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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