An explosion targeting Shiite muslim worshippers in Eastern Saudi Arabia’s Qatif village, reportedly killed 15, and injured dozens.
A suicide bomber detonated the explosives wrapped around his body in the middle of the Shiite mosque during Juma prayers. Photos of the attack surfaced on twitter and facebook, showing the bloody floor of the mosque, the cracked walls and covered up dead bodies.
The mosque lies in Qadih village, home of the Saudi Shiite minority and the place of past demonstration demanding rights for Shiite muslims in Saudi Arabia.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, the first to target Shiite Muslims in Saudi Arabia since November when gunmen killed at least eight people in an attack on a religious anniversary celebration, also in the east.
The attack could further harm relations between Sunnis and Shiites in the Gulf region, where tensions have risen during weeks of military operations in Yemen by a Saudi-led coalition against Shiite Houthi fighters seen as proxies of regional Shiite power in Iran.