RIYADH (AFP) – At least four people died in suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia on Monday following attacks elsewhere in the region before the end of Ramazan, the Muslim holy month.
Four members of the Saudi security forces were killed in the explosion near the mosque’s security headquarters.
Pictures on social media show dark smoke billowing from flames near the mosque, where the Prophet Mohamed is buried The blast is believed to have occurred at sunset, when people were were beginning to break their fast for Ramadan.
Al-Arabiya news channel showed images of fire raging in a parking lot with at least one body nearby.
Other blasts occurred in the Red Sea city of Jeddah near the US consulate and in Shi’ite-dominated Qatif on the other side of the country.
The interior ministry said two security officers were wounded in the Jeddah bombing.
Residents of Qatif said only the bomber died in that attack, blowing his body apart near a Shi’ite mosque.