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Saudis arrest 19 including 12 Pakistanis over bomb attacks

At least 19 people including 12 Pakistanis have been arrested by the Saudi authorities over a series of bomb attacks in the country.

At least three bomb attacks took place in Saudi Arabia on Thursday including an attack outside the sprawling mosque where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is buried in the western city of Madina.

The Ministry of Interior Saudi Arabia said the Madina bomber in Monday’s apparently coordinated attacks was 26-year-old Saudi national Na’ir al-Nujiaidi al-Balawi.

At least four security personnel were killed in attack and a number of others were wounded.

Three suicide bombers behind a botched attack, also Monday, outside a Shia mosque in the eastern region of Qatif in which no civilians or police were wounded, were identified as Abdulrahman Saleh Mohammed, Ibrahim Saleh Mohammed and Abdelkarim al-Hesni, all in their early 20s.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks yet but they are suspected to have been the work of people with allegiances to so-called Islamic State.

Earlier, the Saudi authorities identified the suicide bomber who struck outside the US Consulate in Jeddah as a Pakistani resident of the kingdom who had arrived 12 years ago to work as a driver.

The suspect was identified as 34-year-old Abdullah Gulzar Khan. It said he lived in the port city with “his wife and her parents.: The statement did not elaborate.

The bomber detonated his explosives after two security guards approached him, killing himself and lightly wounding the guards, the officials said. -KP


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