Riyadh, 12 Sha’ban 1436/30 May 2015 (MINA) -A suicide bomber disguised in women’s clothing blew himself up at the entrance to a Saudi mosque during Friday prayers killing three people, the interior ministry said.
The Islamic State (ISIL) group claimed the attack, the second in a week, Nahar Net quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
“Authorities have managed to foil a terrorist crime targeting people performing the Friday prayers at al-Anoud mosque in Dammam,” capital of Eastern Province, said a ministry spokesman quoted by the Saudi Press Agency.
The bomber “detonated the explosive belt he was wearing at the mosque entrance as security officials were on their way to inspect him,” said the spokesman, citing preliminary investigation results.
The explosion went off just as the attacker’s car stopped at a parking lot near the mosque, the spokesman said.
The explosion killed the attacker as well as three others and wounded four people, he said.
The spokesman had earlier said the car exploded as security officials headed towards it. Other nearby vehicles caught fire.
The blast comes seven days after a May 22 suicide bombing on a mosque in a village in Eastern Province killed 21 people.
IS also claimed that attack.
A witness of the latest attack, Nassima al-Sada, said it was carried out by a suicide bomber who blew himself up after security volunteers tried to stop him from entering the ladies side of the mosque — the only Shiite mosque in Dammam.
After last week’s attack, residents set up security committees to search those entering mosques during prayers, witnesses said.
Women were not allowed to pray at the mosque this week over security fears, Sada said.
In November, IS-linked gunmen killed seven people n the Eastern Province town of al-Dalwa.
Most of the kingdom’s Shiite minority live in the oil-rich east but have long complained of marginalization. (T/P001/R04)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)