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Islamic State claims blast killing four at Saudi Shia mosque

Islamic State militants claim responsibility for the suicide bombing which targeted Shia worshippers at Friday prayers

Reuters , Friday 29 May 2015
Saudi Arabia
Policemen inspect a site where a car exploded near a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia's Dammam May 29, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
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Islamic State claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed four people at a Shia Muslim mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia on Friday, the second attack claimed by the Sunni militant group in a week in the world's top oil-exporting country.

The Interior Ministry said a car exploded outside al-Anoud mosque in Dammam during noon prayers on Friday, while witnesses said a suicide bomber disguised as a woman blew himself up in the mosque's parking lot when guards stopped him from entering.

The ministry said four people were killed in the blast, which set several cars ablaze.

Residents circulated pictures of the body of a man believed to be the suicide bomber as well as pictures of black clouds of smoke billowing over a parking lot outside the mosque.

Video posted on social media showed the congregation inside the mosque reacting with shock and alarm to the noise of the explosion outside the building.

An Islamic State statement named the suicide bomber as Abu Jandal al-Jizrawi and said he had managed to reach his target despite heightened security.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing last week at a Shia mosque in al Qadeeh village, near al-Qatif city, that killed 21 and wounded nearly 100 in the bloodiest militant attack in the kingdom in years.

SECTARIAN CONFRONTATION

Islamic State openly acknowledges it is trying to stir sectarian confrontation as a way of hastening the overthrow of the ruling Al Saud family, and has urged young Saudi Sunnis in the kingdom to attack targets including Shias.

Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, emir of neighbouring Kuwait, said on Wednesday sectarian strife was the most serious threat facing Muslims and called for immediate action to tackle it.

Some commentators in Saudi Arabia discussing the Qadeeh bombing have said the kingdom has not done enough to crack down on online abuse of Shias, a discourse which Shias say provides an incubator for violence against the minority sect.

Islamic State sympathisers exchanged photos of the scene on social media, saying the attack was targeting "rejectionsists" -- a term usually used by the militant group or al Qaeda.

Both groups view Shias as heretics.

Sunni power Saudi and Shia Iran are locked in a tussle for influence in the region, where wars have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives mainly in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

State news agency SPA quoted an Interior Ministry spokesman as saying security forces became suspicious of a car parked near the mosque which exploded as they walked towards it, killing four people and setting cars beside it on fire. One of those killed was suspected of being the driver.

Activists said young men conducting searches at the mosque began to suspect someone trying to enter the mosque dressed in women's clothes and stopped him.

They said the bomber turned away and exploded between cars, killing at least two people and setting several cars on fire.

They identified one of the victims as Abdel-Jalil Taher al-Arbash and said he had recently returned from studying in the United States.

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Farhan
31-05-2015 12:05pm
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West and George Bush wanted Shia Sunni war so invaded Iraq and
Now Arabs and Shias are helping them in that war, West wants to make whole Arab world weak and that is why Shia Sunni seed of hatred was propped up in Iraq. Weaker the Arab world becomes more control Israel will have in the region.
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Friend
29-05-2015 06:07pm
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For an old Khan, rough but able
Hello: I bring greetings from a Rotkirch-Khan, R.I.P. As too sectarian violence in the Saudi Kingdom, you might look to the Saudi economy collapsing with deficts, after such Green plans as using Arab "Fossils for Air conditioning, etc. Well look to green the deserts, which they have been in times past. All is change.
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munnnnn
29-05-2015 05:46pm
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shia are problem
shia are infection for ummate muslima dont need to kill them send them to iran and other country if shia staying any country than peace never come there
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B.Maher
29-05-2015 03:25pm
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ISIS Conspiracy
With all the military power, hardware, and manpower the Golf region has, one wonders how a mediocre group of a few thousands with rudimentary Hardware can terrorize the region and stay undefeated! The sad conclusion is ISIS “is privately welcomed” by both Sunni and Shia regional dictators. Saudi and the GCC dictators privately welcome ISIS as a thorn in the thigh of the Shia-influenced Iraq and Syria, as well as a potential threat to neighboring Shia Iran. Iraqi and Syria dictators also welcome ISIS as a bogyman to justify their dictatorial grip on power in a Sunni-dominated region. When these short-sighted morons eventually wake up it might be too late, and ISIS cancer will consume their region!
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jufa
29-05-2015 02:42pm
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shia are troubles religion
shia are very trouble religion and where evere are shia bloodsheed is there now usa want war inside of saudi but he must understand saudi have a power usa can not belive
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