Four people were killed and 18 wounded during Friday prayers as one suicide bomber blew hmself up at the Al-Rida mosque in Shiite-populated eastern Saudi Arabia while another suicide bomber was injured during the exchange of gunfire. An explosives belt was recovered from him.
Residents said the mosque belonged to the minority Shiite community.Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said that two suicide bombers were prevented from entering Al-Ridha Mosque in the Mahasin area of Al-Ahsa during the Friday prayer
In a written statement, the ministry said security personnel prevented two bombers from getting inside the Al-Rida mosque in the Mahasen neighbourhood of Al-Ahsa city during the main weekly prayers. “When security approached to intercept them, one of them responded by blowing himself up at the mosque entrance while an exchange of fire took place with another,” it said. “He was injured and arrested. A suicide belt was found in his possession.”
Friday’s incident was the latest assault on members of the Sunni-dominated kingdom’s Shia minority, after a string of shootings and bombings claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.