Terrorist attacks on Hussaini mourners in Saudi Arabia
By: Abdol Ali
SAIHAAT, Saudi Arabia: At least five Shiite mourners were martyred
and four people also sustained injuries in the armed attack on the
Hussainiyah in the city of Saihat near the Qatif region of Saudi
Arabia’s Eastern Province on Friday night.
The terror act come two days after the start of Muharram
Witnesses said the attacker was trying to approach the Shia mourners
gathering, but he was stopped by security guards at a checkpoint. A
gun fight then broke out between the two sides.
According to reports, the attacker was killed by Saudi forces, while
those injured were transferred to hospital.
The gunman was shot dead by police, according to Al Arabiya TV, in a
gun battle in Saihat that left nine other people injured.
Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry said in a statement that the five
dead included a woman but declined to comment on the likely motives
or the identity of the gunman.
The gunman was wearing an explosives' belt and opened fire as the
congregation in the hall was taking part in Hussaini mourning.
Later, a group calling itself Islamic State-Bahrain State said that
one of its "soldiers" had attacked with an automatic weapon.
Meanwhile, reports say another armed assault targeted a Shia mosque
in the al-Anoud district of Dammam, the capital of Eastern Province
on Friday. A foreign worker at the site was wounded in the incident.
Saudi security sources say both assailants in the Friday attacks
were Saudi nationals.
Fortunately the second attack had just one wounded.
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