ISIS has claimed responsibility for a car bomb explosion that targeted a checkpoint near Saudi Arabia’s highest security prison on Thursday, killing the vehicle’s driver and wounding two security officials, the country’s Interior Ministry has said.
The driver of the car, Abdullah Fahd Abdullah al-Rashed, was a teenager who murdered his uncle before taking off with his car, state TV station Al Ekhbariya reported.
The teen set off the explosion after officers surrounded his car while he tried to bypass the checkpoint south of Saudi’s capital Riyadh, state television added.
"While security officers were manning one of the security checkpoints on Ha'er Road in Riyadh, they directed the driver of a suspected car to stop. The driver initiated an explosion which led to his death," the ministry stated.
The dead uncle - Rashid Ibrahim al-Safyan - was a colonel in the army, state news agency SPA stated.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the murder of the slain colonel and the car bomb attack, celebrating it as a "double operation,” in a statement posted online.
The highway, where the car bomb attack took place, runs south from Riyadh to Ha'er prison, which holds 1,375 unmanly who have mainly been convicted of militant crimes, its director told Reuters.
Saudi Arabia has suffered from a series of attacks on security forces and Shiite mosques this year, exclusively claimed by ISIS.
In May, Imam Hussein mosque in the city of Dammam was bombed a week after a Shiite mosque in a village in Qatif province was also bombed, in attacks which killed four people and injured 21 people respectively. ISIS also targeted another Shiite mosque in neighbouring Kuwait in June.
In the same month, masked men opened fire on a patrol car in the south of Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, killing one of its occupants, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
The attack claimed the life of Majid Al Ayed al-Ghamdi, a security officer.
Two Saudi police officers were also fatally shot inside their patrol car on April 6.