Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 June 2019

ISIL bomber hits Saudi mosque

The bomber detonated his device as worshippers were leaving sunset prayers, killing at least one other person and wounding several.

RIYADH // A suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a mosque in southern Saudi Arabia on Monday, killing one person and wounding several others.

A group claiming to be an ISIL affiliate claimed responsibility in a statement on Twitter.

The blast went off shortly after nightfall in the city of Najran, near the country’s southern border with Yemen. It was the latest in a series of bombings that have targeted mosques in the kingdom in recent months.

Interior ministry spokesman Major Gen Mansour Al Turki said the bomber detonated his device as worshippers were leaving sunset prayers. He said several wounded victims were being treated in nearby hospitals, and that authorities have launched an investigation.

Najran is the capital of a border region of the same name that is home to a large concentration of Ismaili Shiites.

ISIL’s two Saudi affiliates have claimed three significant bombings, targeting mosques in Saudi Arabia and another in Kuwait since May.

*Agencies

Updated: October 27, 2015 04:00 AM

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