Saudi mosque suspect part of Daesh cell: official

Published May 24th, 2015 - 06:09 GMT

A man who below himself up inside a mosque in the eastern city of Qatif on Friday was a Saudi national affiliated with Daesh, the Saudi Interior Ministry said Saturday.

The man, called Saleh al-Qashaami, was wanted by Saudi security agencies, the official Saudi press agency quoted the ministry spokesman as saying.

According to him, al-Qashaami blew himself up inside a Shia mosque in Qatif on Friday, leaving 21 people dead and 101 others injured.

He added that he was a member of a cell, noting that 26 members of the same cell had been arrested a few days ago.

The ministry spokesman went on to note that all 26 members were Saudi nationals.

He said five cell members were involved in an armed attack on a police patrol southern Saudi capital Riyadh on May 8.

He added that the attack had left one Saudi soldier dead.


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