Four people killed in foiled militant attack on mosque in Saudi Arabia: media

Published: May 29, 2015
Damaged cars are seen after a car exploded near a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia's Dammam May 29, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Damaged cars are seen after a car exploded near a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia's Dammam May 29, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Damaged cars are seen after a car exploded near a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia's Dammam May 29, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS Acquaintances at mosque tell attendant killed along with bomber. SOURCE: TWITTER

ABU DHABI: Four people were killed when a car exploded near a Shia mosque in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, on Friday, but authorities said militants failed in their bid to hit the mosque itself. 

Security forces became suspicious of a car parked near the mosque which exploded as they walked towards it, killing four people and setting cars beside it on fire, Saudi news agency SPA said. One of those killed is suspected of being the driver.

A witness identified only as Ahmed said he was with his family near the al Anoud Mosque when “a quick explosion” happened.

He did not know the cause of the blast. He said acquaintances at the mosque told him a man was killed along with a bomber when the man tried to prevent him from reaching the building. Another witness said a passer-by was also killed in the blast.

Meanwhile, Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the attack. A statement by Islamic State posted on Twitter named the suicide bomber who carried out the attack as Abu Jandal al Jizrawi, saying he had managed to reach his target despite heightened security.

Earlier, a suicide bombing on May 22 killed 21 worshippers at a Shia mosque in al Qadeeh village in an attack claimed by IS.

Read: Heavy casualties feared as suicide bomber strikes Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia

Residents circulated pictures of the body of a man believed to be the suicide bomber as well as pictures of large black clouds of smoke billowing over a parking lot outside the mosque.

Social media accounts showed video purporting to show the congregation inside the mosque reacting with shock and alarm to the sound of the explosion ouside the building. Saudi security forces surrounded the area and began investigating the incident.

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  • sehr.siddiqui
    May 29, 2015 - 3:40PM

    This terrorism must be condemned and should stop immediately failing which these takfiries will not spare Masjid e Nabvi, We should not take it likely if it is a shia mosque.Recommend

  • battered citizens
    May 29, 2015 - 4:35PM

    Sad those burnt others peoples houses have now brought the same fire to their own homes. its sad!!!
    what goes around comes around! unfortunately in this grind its the innocent who suffers the most! :(Recommend

    May 29, 2015 - 5:21PM

    My thoughts are prayers are with the friends and families of the victims. I hope the culprits are caught and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOMRecommend

  • Shia
    May 29, 2015 - 5:27PM

    Well Played Saudi King!Recommend

  • Sazid Khan
    May 29, 2015 - 5:31PM

    Saudi arabia have Spent billion of dollars on education and infrastructure..Million of students were sent to Foreign Universities for Higher education..Instead of working this thug are killing themselves.. Recommend

  • Farhan
    May 29, 2015 - 8:37PM

    This terrorist act is Saudi King sponsored like rest of the others.Recommend

  • Money
    May 29, 2015 - 9:06PM

    This is a game for power and money which the Saudis are playing with help of their protector US .
    This has destroyed Shia population in Iraq and Yemen.Recommend

  • ALi
    May 30, 2015 - 1:38AM

    First Govt who is not condemning an attack on its own minorities. Does this mean Saudi Govt are Ohk with this?Recommend

  • Habibi Kabhibi
    May 30, 2015 - 2:24AM

    This is just another ploy by Saudis to divert attention of the world from their human rights records.
    Till nawaz is in power our country will be slave to Arabs.Recommend

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