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Deadly suicide bombing hits Saudi mosque

Sources have said that the mosque belongs to an Interior Ministry emergency services’ post in Abha. (SPA)

By Staff Writer | Al Arabiya News
Thursday, 6 August 2015

At least 12 security officers were killed on Thursday after a suicide bombing targeted a mosque used by the special forces in the southern Saudi city of Abha, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

The state television El-Ikhbariya said the explosion took place as worshippers were praying at a mosque used by Saudi special forces in Abha, describing it as a “terrorist” attack.

The broadcaster said at least 17 people were killed, however, an interior ministry spokesman gave a slightly lower toll of “more than 13 dead and 22 others injured.”


The victims were members of a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit, the spokesman told AFP.

“It’s confirmed there's an explosion and there's more than 13 (killed)... in a mosque,” the spokesman said.

Many nationals ran to help – providing blood at Abha hospital near to the where the attack happened. (More).

The explosion happened at the headquarters of the SWAT team, which is tasked with domestic security, he added.

Sources have said that the mosque belongs to an Interior Ministry emergency services’ post in Abha.

“A group of officers from the emergency forces were performing afternoon group prayers in Asir province when a suicide bombing took place. It resulted in the death of at least 10 security officers, in addition to the three employees who work at the site and wounding nine others, three of them seriously,” Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour Al-Turki said in a statement.

“The remains of the dead were found on the site, believed to be caused by the bombing of explosive belts,” the Interior Ministry said on Twitter.

In July, Saudi Arabia arrested 431 people as part of a crackdown on a cluster of cells linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group.

It is not the first time a mosque is targeted in Saudi Arabia. ISIS claimed responsibility for the May explosion at a Shiite mosque in al-Qadeeh village east of Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, which killed 20 people. ISIS was behind a bombing in al-Qadeeh in Qatif province, which also targeted Shiites to stir sectarian strife in the country.

Deadly Saudi mosque attack: Al Arabiya News coverage

Last Update: Thursday, 6 August 2015 KSA 22:21 - GMT 19:21
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/08/06/A-suicide-bomber-hits-mosque-in-south-of-Saudi-.html
 

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Wave of solidarity for bomb attack victims

Saudis in the hospital where the wounded are taking the first hand assisatnce (Twitter & Al Arabiya))

By Staff Writer | Al Arabiya News
Thursday, 6 August 2015

After the deadly bombing in a Saudi mosque used by the kingdom’s Special Forces, many nationals ran to help – providing blood at Abha hospital near to the where the attack happened.

Saudis shared pictures of the crowds who reached out to the hospital to provide nuch needed blood supplies for the wounded.

The photos show queues of donors. Also, seen in the pictures was the Emir of Asir Prince Faisal bin Khalid while visiting the bombing site and the hospital.



Wave of solidarity

The emir stressed: “The goal of this cowardly terrorist act is to destabilize the security of the country and spread terror in the hearts of citizens.”

International reactions

- The General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States has strongly condemned the cowardly suicide bombing that targeted a mosque at the headquarters of the special emergency forces in Asir, resulting in the martyrdom and injury of the forces and workers at the site when they were safely performing the noon prayer.
It described the bombing as a heinous crime that is contrary to values and principles of Islam and humanity as a whole.

- The General Secretariat of the Muslim World League (MWL) condemned the terrorist bombing which targeted a mosque at the headquarters of the special emergency forces in Asir resulting in the martyrdom of a number of them and the injury of others.

- Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) condemned the bombing, and in a a statement released today, the PUC chairman Sheikh Tahir Mahmood Al-Ashrafi said that the scholars and the people of Pakistan are standing with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in countering any conspiracy against the security of the Two Holy Mosques' country.

- Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan and Egypt expressed condemnation and denunciation. they stressed that such crime has nothing to do with any religion and is completely contrary to all moral and humanitarian values.
Deadly Saudi mosque attack: Al Arabiya News coverage

Last Update: Thursday, 6 August 2015 KSA 19:01 - GMT 16:01
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/08/06/Saudis-show-wave-of-solidarity-with-the-victims-.html
 

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Deadly suicide bombing hits Saudi mosque

Sources have said that the mosque belongs to an Interior Ministry emergency services’ post in Abha. (SPA)

By Staff Writer | Al Arabiya News
Thursday, 6 August 2015

At least 12 security officers were killed on Thursday after a suicide bombing targeted a mosque used by the special forces in the southern Saudi city of Abha, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

The state television El-Ikhbariya said the explosion took place as worshippers were praying at a mosque used by Saudi special forces in Abha, describing it as a “terrorist” attack.

The broadcaster said at least 17 people were killed, however, an interior ministry spokesman gave a slightly lower toll of “more than 13 dead and 22 others injured.”


The victims were members of a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit, the spokesman told AFP.

“It’s confirmed there's an explosion and there's more than 13 (killed)... in a mosque,” the spokesman said.

Many nationals ran to help – providing blood at Abha hospital near to the where the attack happened. (More).

The explosion happened at the headquarters of the SWAT team, which is tasked with domestic security, he added.

Sources have said that the mosque belongs to an Interior Ministry emergency services’ post in Abha.

“A group of officers from the emergency forces were performing afternoon group prayers in Asir province when a suicide bombing took place. It resulted in the death of at least 10 security officers, in addition to the three employees who work at the site and wounding nine others, three of them seriously,” Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour Al-Turki said in a statement.

“The remains of the dead were found on the site, believed to be caused by the bombing of explosive belts,” the Interior Ministry said on Twitter.

In July, Saudi Arabia arrested 431 people as part of a crackdown on a cluster of cells linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group.

It is not the first time a mosque is targeted in Saudi Arabia. ISIS claimed responsibility for the May explosion at a Shiite mosque in al-Qadeeh village east of Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, which killed 20 people. ISIS was behind a bombing in al-Qadeeh in Qatif province, which also targeted Shiites to stir sectarian strife in the country.

Deadly Saudi mosque attack: Al Arabiya News coverage

Last Update: Thursday, 6 August 2015 KSA 22:21 - GMT 19:21
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/08/06/A-suicide-bomber-hits-mosque-in-south-of-Saudi-.html
Typical. They have no respect for the religion they are supposedly trying to uphold. Vicious terrorists are just that. They could care less who they hurt. Violence and anger and some sort of mean spirited vengeance are all they are after. That and turning the world back to some 7th century version of itself. I mean really....It is hard to even knwo what to say about such evil.
 

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What a tragic. May Almighty have mercy on the martyrs. Daesh must be eradicated from the face of the earth.
 

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Is this suicide bombing the start of a series of attacks or just an isolated case? I never imagined that Saudi Arabia would be bombed that way. What gall for those ISIS to stage an attack like that. And in a mosque at that. Again, and for the nth time, we are reading news about killings in a place of worship. Is that to emphasize that they are waging a religious war hence they are bombing churches?
 

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Tragic. A house of prayer should be off limits even to terrorists. After killing worshipers the suicide bomber thinks they'll get great rewards in the afterlife? The idiots!

Since the terrorists will want to carry out more terrorist attacks the Saudi authorities ought to hunt down all ISIS sympathizers and get them all locked up. Better to be safe than sorry. And now that Turkey is going against ISIS full-force, it's time, to protect her people, for Saudi Arabia to do the same thing.
 
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