Daesh claims deadly Saudi mosque attack

Published May 22nd, 2015 - 04:32 GMT
Locals examine the damage to Imam Ali mosque in Qatif, Saudi Arabia following a Friday suicide bomb attack that left at least 15 dead.  (AFP/File)
Locals examine the damage to Imam Ali mosque in Qatif, Saudi Arabia following a Friday suicide bomb attack that left at least 15 dead. (AFP/File)

Extremist group Daesh posted an online statement Friday claiming to have carried out a deadly suicide bomb attack on a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, AFP reported.

The statement said “soldiers of the caliphate” were responsible for the attack, in which a suicide bomber “detonated an explosives belt” in the Imam Ali mosque during Friday prayers in the Shia-majority city of Qatif. 

The statement also identified the bomber as Abu Amer al-Najdi, according to AFP.  

Reports vary on casualties, with at least 15-30 killed and 30 wounded, sources told Reuters.  

Saudi Arabia is currently involved in an air campaign against Iran-backed Shiite Houthi insurgents in neighboring Yemen, which has intensified sectarian tensions in the region. 

Daesh's statement Friday marked the first time the group claimed an attack in Saudi Arabia.  


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