SAUDI ROCKED BY BOMB­INGS

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Two ex­plo­sions in Shi'ite mosques in Saudi Ara­bia last month were quickly claimed by ISIS, arous­ing fears that the sec­tar­ian vi­o­lence up north might spill into the Gulf.

The threat of the Is­lamic State hit close to home with two at­tacks in Saudi Ara­bia that killed 26 peo­ple in to­tal. A sui­cide bomber blew him­self up at a Shi'ite mosque in the nearby vil­lage of Al Qadeeh in the east of the coun­try, killing 22 peo­ple. A week later, a sui­cide bomber dis­guised as a woman blew him­self up on Fri­day out­side a Shi'ite Mus­lim mosque in the city of Dammam, killing four peo­ple. Saudi Ara­bia has of­fered a cash re­ward of 5 mil­lion riyals (QR4.8 mil­lion) for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest of six­teen peo­ple it said were in­volved in the two at­tacks.

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