Terror outfit ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deadly suicide attack on a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia. This is the second attack in a week for which the terror group has taken responsibility.
A suicide bomber detonated explosives outside the Imam Hussein mosque in Dammam, a coastal city about 70 kilometers (45 miles) from the Persian Gulf island nation of Bahrain, shortly after noon (5 a.m. ET) Friday, reported CNN.
A Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman stated that “security authorities” went up to a suspicious vehicle as it was parking adjacent to the mosque, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.
“When the security men approached the car, it exploded, killing four people — one of them believed to be the driver — and spreading fire to a number of cars,” the spokesman said.
Today’s deadly attack took place in a Shiite neighborhood of Anoud in Dammam, the capital of Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. It is one of the very few Shiite areas, in a country in which 85% to 90% of citizens are Sunni, the other major Islamic sect.