Suicide attacks hit Medina, Qatif; six killed


Suicide bombers blew themselves up in Qatif and Medina after sundown on Monday, several hours after Saudi security officers foiled an attack near the US Consulate in Jeddah.

In Medina, a bomb exploded in the vicinity of a police post outside the Prophet’s Mosque, killing four policemen and two civilians, reports said.

A police source told Arab News that the officers manning the post were having their iftar meal when the suicide bomber struck.

A video circulated on social media showed a car burning and at least two security officers were seen lying on the open ground and two others lay crumpled near a burning car.

In Qatif, a governorate in the Eastern Province, two suicide bombers blew themselves up one after the other outside the Faraj al-Omran Mosque. No casualties were reported.

The number of fatalities reported does not include the three suicide bombers.

Earlier Monday at 2:15 a.m., a suicide bomber blew himself up near the US Consulate when security officers confronted him as he moved suspiciously at a parking lot of the Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital.



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