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Jeddah suicide attack was carried out by a Pakistani man: Saudi officials

Pakistani-suicide-bomber-Saudi-ArabiaThe suicide attack in Jeddah city of Saudi Arabia was carried out by a Pakistani man, the Saudi officials have said.

According to the authorities, the attacker was a 34-year-old Pakistani driver named Abdullah Qalzar Khan, who lived with his wife and family in the city.

The suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the US Consulate in Jeddah city, leaving at least two people wounded.

An official of the U.S. State Department has told Reuters that no American citizens or consulate staff were hurt in the Jeddah blast. He said the United States was aware of reports of explosions in Qatif and Medina and would monitor the situation closely.

He said the State Department encouraged U.S. citizens in Saudi Arabia “to be aware of their surroundings, and keep security and situational awareness levels high.”

The attack near US Consulate followed two more bombings in Medina and Qatif cities killing four security officials at the security headquarters of Masjid Al-Nabawi.

No group has so far claimed responsibility behindd the attacks but the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has carried out a series of bombing and shooting attacks in Saudi Arabia since mid-2014 that have killed scores of people, mostly members of the Shi’ite Muslim minority and security services. -KP


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