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Published On: Tue, Oct 27th, 2015

ISIS attacks Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deady suicide attack on a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia. The bomb, which killed one and wounded several others, exploded yesterday inside the al-Mashhad mosque in the city of Najran in south Saudi Arabia as people left evening prayers.

The attack targeted “rejectionist Ismailis,” said a statement from ISIS which was posted on Twitter, referring to a Shia sect who are a minority in the Sunni majority kingdom.

“As the Magreb prayer ended and the worshippers came out of the main door, a man entered the mosque and blew himself up,” Mohammed al-Askar, a doctor from Najran told Reuters. He said that it was the first time a Shia Ismaili mosque had been targeted.

“Tonight in Najran the hospitals are crowded and people are coming from all over Najran to donate blood,” said al-Askar.

“Unfortunately for Saudi I think the Islamic State is going to repeat such treacherous acts. It is a ploy to gain attention. But people are helping each other and they have trust in their government.”

Saudi Shia Muslims are a minority in the Sunni majority kingdom and took part in an Ashura procession in Qatif earlier this week. Islamic State is predominantly a Sunni extremist group. Islamic State terrorists strongly oppose the Gulf Arab rulers and has urged young Saudi Sunnis to attack Shiites and stir up sectarian violence on the Arabian peninsula in a bid to overthrow the ruling dynasties, many of whom have alliances with the west.

photo/Islamic State flag

photo/Islamic State flag

 

 

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