ISIS provokes sectarian tension in Saudi Arabia

Self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) provokes sectarian tension in Saudi targetting Shiites

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A militant group affliated with ISIS urges more attacks targetting Shiites in Saudi Arabia following ISIS’s claiming responsibility for two bomb attacks on mosques.

On Friday, an ISIS suicide bomber blew himself in his car at the entrance of Shia mosque in eastern province of Dammam during Friday prayers, killing himself and three other people, a week after suicide blast killed 21 at another mosque in east of country’s oil-rich region.

ISIS said its so-called ‘Najd Province’ affiliate, reportedly most liberal region along the Red Sea, was responsible for both bombings.

The militant group, which spreads danger in the Middle East, vilified Shia muslims inan audio message released on Friday and a spokesman for the group said that ISIS “ordered its soldiers everywhere to kill the enemies of religion, especially the Rawafedh (Shiites).’’

Meanwhile, the United States condemned the attacks via the State Department.

‘’We deplore the brutality of the trrorists who perpetuated this violence at places of worships,’’ the spokesman Jeff Rathke said.
Saudi Arabia and the US are long-term allies in the region and the Saudis also taking part in a US-led bombing campaign against ISIS.

TRTWorld and agencies