Suicide bombing kills 13 in Saudi Arabia

Suicide attack carried out at a mosque in Saudi Arabia kills at least 13 and injures 9

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry announced that a suicide bomb attack on Thursday in a mosque killed 13 people in the country's southwestern city of Abha ,the capital of Asir province.
The attack targeted a mosque belonging to the members of a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit, injured 9 others, according to interior ministry spokesman.

"It's confirmed there's an explosion and there's more than 13 (killed)... in a mosque," the spokesman said.
Ten of the killed are of the security forces, while the three others are workers. 

Nine people were injured due to the attack three of them are in a critical condition.

State television El-Ikhbariya described the attack as a "terrorist bombing" which took place as "worshippers were praying at a mosque used by Saudi special forces in Abha", the broadcaster said.

ISIS claimed the responsibility of the attack in a statement on Twitter.

According to Saudi Khalij online news website, the perpetrator was disguised in a dustman uniform. 

The Saudi deputy crown prince cut his visit to Egypt short as he was expected to participate in the Suez Canal inauguration ceremony. 

Saudi Arabia has been targeted by ISIS attacks, who have been blamed for killing Saudi policemen. 

Last May, ISIS claimed responsibility of  two suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia. The first one was carried out in a Shiite mosque in Qatif in the east of the kingdom where 21 worshippers were killed. A week later another bombing were at a mosque in Dammam killing four people.

TRTWorld and agencies