Bombing in holy city of Medina kills four
Suicide bomber killed in another attack in Saudi city of Jeddah
Attacks come during one of the deadliest holy months in recent memory
Three suicide attacks in 24 hours – that’s how Saudis will remember the end of Ramadan, a month that has seen the wider region plunged into a wave of terror-related violence.
The attacks – including one in Medina, one of the holiest sites in Islam – follow massive jihadi assaults from Turkey to Iraq that have been been tied to ISIS. Analysts believe events in Saudi Arabia could also be the work of the terror group.
There has been no claim of responsibility so far.
Two of the attacks failed but four people were killed in the third, all of which appear to be coordinated – targeting both Saudi security forces and Western interests.
The first occurred before dawn near the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah. The attacker killed only himself after detonating an explosive according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency. Policemen were injured in the attack.
The Saudi Interior Ministry identified the Jeddah bomber as Pakistani national Abdullah Qlazar Khan.
The ministry said the 34-year-old man blew himself up with an explosives belt. He lived in Jeddah with his wife and one of her parents. He came to Saudi Arabia 12 years ago to work as a driver, Saudi officials said.