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45 arrested in connection with Saudi mosque bombings

Saudi Interior Ministry detains dozens after attacks on successive Fridays - report

45 arrested in connection with Saudi mosque bombings

Security forces investigating three attacks in Saudi Arabia have arrested 45 suspects, according to Arab News. 

The newspaper reported that the arrests were made in connection with two bomb attacks on mosques in the Eastern Province in May, as well as an earlier attack on a police officer in Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia has said that all three attacks were carried out by extremists connected to ISIL.

Arab News said that the Interior Ministry had denied reports that one of the arrested men is on the list of 16 wanted suspects.

Twenty one worshippers were killed and over 100 injured during an attack on the Ali bin Abi Talib mosque in Qatif on May 23. 

Four people were killed when a car exploded near a Shi'ite mosque in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, on 29 May, but authorities said militants failed in their bid to hit the mosque itself.

The attack targeted worshippers in Al Anoud mosque during Friday prayers, a ministry spokesperson said, quoted by the Saudi state news agency SPA.

Security forces became suspicious of a car parked near the mosque which exploded as they walked towards it, killing four people and setting cars beside it on fire, SPA said. One of those killed is suspected of being the driver.