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Suicide bombing near mosque, embassy

Published:Tuesday | July 5, 2016 | 7:00 AM

DUBAI (AP):

A resident in the largely Shiite eastern Saudi Arabian region of Qatif said a suicide bomber and a car bomb have struck a neighbourhood there, but that no injuries were immediately reported.

Mohammed al-Nimr told The Associated Press the bomber detonated his suicide vest yesterday when most residents of the neighbourhood were at home breaking the Ramadan fast.

Qatif is heavily populated by Shiites, who are a minority in the Sunni-ruled kingdom. Al-Nimr said that near the body of a suicide bomber was a car bomb that also went off around the same time.

The attacks struck next to a Shiite mosque. The Islamic State group has in the past attacked Shiite places of worship in Qatif.

Another suicide bomber carried out an attack early yesterday near a United States diplomatic site in the western Saudi city of Jiddah, according to the Interior Ministry.

The ministry said the attacker detonated his suicide vest when security guards approached him near the parking lot of a hospital. The attacker died and two guards were wounded, according to the ministry statement, which was published by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki was quoted in the statement as saying the attacker caught the attention of the security guards, who noticed he was acting suspiciously at an intersection located on the corner of the heavily fortified US Consulate in Jiddah, located by the Dr Soliman Fakeeh Hospital.

The US Embassy in Saudi Arabia confirmed there were no casualties or injuries among the consular staff. The embassy said it remains in contact with Saudi authorities as they investigate the attack.