Car bomb kills one in Saudi capital

Car explodes near prison in Riyadh, killing one and wounding two police officers

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

A car bomb has hit the Saudi capital of Riyadh, killing the driver and wounding two policemen, Saudi Arabia said.

The suicide attack happened near a high-security prison on Thursday, the interior ministry said in a statement.

"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 ministry said.

“The driver initiated an explosion which led to his death."

The driver, identified as Abdullah Fahd Abdullah al-Rashed, attempted to drive bypass the checkpoint, then set off an explosive, state television said.

He was on the run after murdering his uncle, state news agency SPA reported.

Two policemen were taken to a nearby hospital and reported to be in a “stable condition.”

Ha’er prison, located about 40 kilometres south of the capital, is home to 1,375 detainees.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack and said it was a “double operation.”

ISIS has previously said it aims to step up its attacks in the kingdom.

Riyadh has recently suffered two major suicide bombings. In May, ISIS militants blew up two Shia mosques in the eastern part of the country, killing dozens of prayers.


TRTWorld and agencies