Suicide Bomber Strikes Near Main Mosque In Medina

Suicide Bomber Strikes Near Main Mosque In Medina

A suicide bomber detonated a device near the security headquarters of the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia, the second-holiest site in Islam, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television reported.

Images obtained from Reuters showed flames and smoke rising from the vicinity of the mosque.

Al-Arabiya said an initial death toll from the Medina blast included three suicide bombers and two security forces officers.

The blast followed others in Qatif and Jeddah on Monday.

Suicide bombers struck the eastern Saudi city of Qatif on Monday in an apparently coordinated campaign of attacks in three cities as Saudis prepared to break their fast on the penultimate day of the holy month of Ramadan.

At least one and possibly two explosions struck near a Shi'ite mosque in Qatif that is home to many members of the Shi'ite minority,

Witnesses described body parts, apparently of a suicide bomber, in the aftermath.

Hours earlier a suicide bomber was killed and two people were wounded in a blast near the U.S. consulate in the kingdom's second city Jeddah.