The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that was carried out on a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia. The attack killed 10 people and injured 70 more, some very critically. The suicide attack was carried out in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province while people inside were praying.
This is the first attack to be claimed by the Saudi extremists group backed by the Islamic State. The group was formally constituted in November 2014.
Islamic State militants confirmed their responsibility of the attack via Twitter, showing an image of the suspected bomber in the incident. Since last year, militants from the Islamic extremist group have threatened to keep attacking Shia places of worship all across Saudi Arabia.
According to witnesses at the scene of the suicide bombing, the man detonated a makeshift device on a belt that he was wearing. Moreover, pictures of the mosque show the area showered in broken glass and parts of the building laying in the street.
In the past few months, ISIS has been launching an offense against the Saudis in the borders areas. Two weeks ago, rokets were launched by them over the border into neighboring towns.
By Alex Lemieux
BBC News: Saudi Arabia Attack: Islamic State Claims Shia Mosque Bombing
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