Bomb­ings tar­get Me­d­ina and Qatif mosques

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Sui­cide bombers struck three cities across Saudi Ara­bia on Mon­day, in an ap­par­ently co­or­di­nated cam­paign of at­tacks as Saudis pre­pared to break their fast on the penul­ti­mate day of the holy month of Ra­madan.

The ex­plo­sions tar­get­ing U.S. diplo­mats, Shi’ite wor­ship­pers and a se­cu­rity head­quar­ters at a mosque in the holy city of Me­d­ina fol­low days of mass killings claimed by the Is­lamic State group, in Turkey, Bangladesh and Iraq.

A Saudi se­cu­rity of­fi­cial said an at­tacker parked a car near the U.S. con­sulate in Jed­dah be­fore det­o­nat­ing the de­vice. The of­fi­cial said the gov­ern­ment was checking the re­ports of blasts in Qatif and Me­d­ina.

In the only one of the three at­tacks that ap­peared to have caused many ca­su­al­ties, a sui­cide bomber det­o­nated a bomb near the se­cu­rity head­quar­ters of the Prophet’s Mosque in Me­d­ina, the sec­ond holi­est site in Is­lam.

In Qatif, an eastern city that is home to many mem­bers of the Shi’ite mi­nor­ity, at least one and pos­si­bly two ex­plo­sions struck near a Shi’ite mosque. Wit­nesses de­scribed body parts, ap­par­ently of a sui­cide bomber, in the af­ter­math.

Photo: REUTERS

Images showed a blaz­ing ve­hi­cle near the mosque in Me­d­ina

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