Its been reported that suicide bombers blew themselves up in Qatif and Madinah after sundown on Monday, several hours after Saudi security officers foiled an attack near the US Consulate in Jeddah. In Madinah, a bomb exploded in the vicinity of a police post outside the Prophet’s Mosque, which was crowded with worshippers breaking their fast for the day.
Preliminary reports gathered by Arab News said police officers manning the post were having their iftar meal when the suicide bomber exploded himself. A video circulated on social media showed a car burning and at least two security officers were seen lying on the ground.
Security forces have cordoned off the Prophet’s Mosque and worshippers were not allowed to get in or out.
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.
Earlier Monday at 2:15 a.m., a suicide bomber exploded 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.
Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, said the bomber, in his 30s, was identified as an expatriate from the United Kingdom.
Photos taken from the scene showed the bomber’s body partially dismembered by the blast.[Source: Arab News]