Suicide bomber attacks near US consulate in Saudi Arabia
A SUICIDE bomber blew himself up near the United States consulate in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea city of Jeddah early yesterday.
Security officers became suspicious of a man near the parking lot of Dr Suleiman Faqeeh Hospital, which is directly across the US diplomatic mission.
When they moved in to investigate “he blew himself up with a suicide belt inside the hospital parking”, the interior ministry said, adding that two security officers were lightly injured.
A picture carried by the Sabq online newspaper appeared to show a large body part lying on the ground between a taxi and the open door of another car, peppered with shrapnel holes.
The incident occurred on July 4, which is the Independence Day holiday for the US.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the IS jihadists which have seized territory in Iraq and Syria, has reputedly called Saudi Arabia’s Sunni rulers “apostate tyrants” and called on Saudis to rise against them.
The Sunni extremist IS group also considers Shiites to be heretics.
Saudi Arabia has carried out air strikes as part of a US-led military coalition against IS in Iraq and Syria.