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At least three dead in suicide attack at Saudi mosque

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in Najran in southern Saudi Arabia on Monday, killing at least three people and wounding several others, Saudi-owned al Arabiya television reported.

The attack on the al-Mashhad mosque occurred during evening prayers, and authorities are investigating the bombing, a Saudi news website reported, without giving further details.

This is not the first time that extremists have targeted mosques in Saudi Arabia. However, no one has claimed responsibility of the attack till the filing of this report.

The self-styled Islamic State (IS) has seemingly turned its guns on the Saudi state, after targeting the kingdom’s Shia minority.

In early August, a suicide bomber killed at least 15 people in an attack on a mosque used by members of a local security force in southwest Saudi Arabia, an assault that an online statement said was carried out by IS.

In May, IS suicide bombers attacked two Shia mosques in the Eastern Province in different incidents, while there have been a number of confrontations between the militants and security forces.

On July 16 a car bomb exploded at a security checkpoint near a prison in the capital Riyadh. It killed the driver and wounded two policemen.

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