DUBAI: Saudi security forces have thwarted a planned suicide attack on a mosque in the Qatif area in Eastern Saudi Arabia, where majority Shia Muslims live, as per Al-Arabiya news channel report today.
According to the initial details from Saudi channels, security forces executed a man who was wearing an explosive belt and captured another. Both men are reported not be the citizens of Saudi Arabia, as per Al-Arabiya.
Saudi media said the Interior minister was soon to announce a statement on the issue. Saudi daily newspaper “Asharq al-Awsat” claimed in a report that the second man was injured after security forces opened fire on him. Saudi Arabia has been in the grip of destructive shooting and bomb assaults in recent months, a large number of these carried out by the activist, Islamic State (IS).
Islamic State is continually attacking and antagonizing Gulf Arab monarchies and is trying to provoke Sunni-Shia sectarian bellicosity in outskirt of Saudi Arabia.
In July, suicide planes struck three urban areas across Saudi Arabia, slaughtering no less than four security officers. The apparently coordinated planned assaults came on the penultimate day of Ramazan.