Minister of Islamic Affairs Meets with Kosovo's Grand Mufti    UAE President, Vice President Congratulate Custodian of Two Holy Mosques on Being Discharged from Hospital    US in Jeddah: 80 years of shared history and strong partnership    Foreign direct investment in Saudi Arabia to jump 20 times by 2030: Al-Falih KSA develops business environment through massive reforms    Saudi delegation concludes partnerships with US capacity building companies    How cricket-crazy India scripted world badminton glory    Heavy Rains Trigger Floods in Northeast India, Killing 8    Asian Shares Advance    Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 is Based on Strategic Plans to Achieve its Ambitious Goals    Weather Forecast for Tuesday    Elisabeth Borne appointed as new French PM    Serbian capital Belgrade paralyzed by bomb threats    Hundreds of besieged Ukrainian soldiers evacuated from Mariupol    Turkey threatens to block Finland and Sweden Nato bids    Twitter boss hits back on Musk doubts over fake accounts    Saudi Telecommunications Delegation Concludes Partnerships with US Pioneering Companies on Capacity Development and Digital Skills, Enhancement of Innovation and Entrepreneurship    Abdulghani clinches first gold for Saudi Arabia in Gulf Games    Guinea-Bissau supports Saudi Arabia's bid to host World Expo 2030    OIC Welcomes Election of Somali President    Crown Prince offers condolences to UAE leaders    Saudi Arabia refutes misinformation on NEOM, affirms sovereignty over city    Jazan Hosts West Asian Beach Soccer Championship    Gulf Health Council: Large sunglasses give better UVA protection    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Lower at 12,914.89 Points    IsDB Group Private Sector Institutions Organize 10th Private Sector Forum    Soudah Development: Start of reproduction of Nubian ibexes launched by the company in cooperation with national center for wildlife    Yemeni conjoined twins separated in 15-hour surgery at Riyadh hospital    Former Australia cricketer Symonds dies aged 46 in car crash    Aramco Announces First Quarter 2022 Results, Earnings Set New Record for the Company since its Initial Public Offering in 2019    China gives up 2023 Asian Cup hosting right    Saudi citizen turns attention to sports after retirement    Lhakpa Sherpa: Woman climbs Everest for record tenth time    5 Arab women filmmakers receive Netflix grant    Over 250 Saudi Female and Male Players to Participate in Kuwait 3rd GCC Games on Friday    Saudi Deaf Athletics Team Leaves for Brazil    Bollywood actor's tweet reignited debate over Hindi as India's national language    SFDA Advises to Wash Dates Well Before Eating    SFDA Advises Against Mixing Surplus of Iftar and Suhoor with Different Foods or Surplus from Other Days    Ministry calls on imams to avoid long supplications in Tahajjud Prayer    Nothing wrong with a Muslim celebrating birthdays, says Saudi scholar    Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt: Bollywood wishes for star couple on wedding    SFDA Warns Against Microbes Accumulation on Coffee when Stored Incorrectly    SFDA: Over-roasting or roasting is not an indication of the level of food and may cause harm to human health    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques addresses citizens and all Muslims on the occasion of the Holy month of Ramadan    Saudi Arabia Beats Australia to Secure Place in World Cup Finals in Qatar    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Several casualties in Qatif mosque explosion
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 23 - 05 - 2015

Saudi Gazette report

Several worshipers were killed and injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in Qatif governorate in the Eastern Province on Friday. The blast occurred at Ali Bin Abi Talib Mosque in Al-Qudaih town of Qatif during noon prayers, according to Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman at the Ministry of Interior.

“A person detonated the suicide belt that he hid under his clothes, resulting in the killing of the man, and martyrdom of a number of worshipers,” the Saudi Press Agency quoting the spokesman as saying.

“The ministry announces that the security agencies won't spare any effort in the pursuit of all those who are involved in this sinful terrorist act, which was carried out by the proponents of sedition who want to undermine the Kingdom's social fabric. The perpetrators of the crime shall be apprehended and brought to justice,” the spokesman said.

Militant group Daesh (the so-called IS) claimed the attack. In an online statement it identified the bomber as Abu Amer Al-Najdi, and published a picture of him.

A witness said about 150 worshipers were in the mosque at the time of explosion. “We were offering the first part of the prayers when we heard the blast,” worshiper Kamal Jaafar Hassan said by telephone from the scene. A photograph posted on social media showed the mutilated body of a young man, said to be the bomber. Other pictures showed ambulances and bloodied victims being taken away on stretchers.

All-round condemnation

Saudi Arabia's top religious bodies and senior scholars strongly condemned the Qatif terror attack. Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Ashekh described it as a grave crime aimed at inciting sedition and dividing the sons of the nation. “This sinful crime is a big shame and we have to solidly stand by our leaders to defeat th criminals,” he said.

Minister of Justice and President of the Supreme Judicial Council Waleed Al-Samaani; Khaled Al-Yousef, president of the Board of Grievances; the Board of Senior Ulema, the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation and Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques also voiced their condemnation. — With input from Agencies

Clic here to read the story from its source.