Explosions shake Saudi cities of Madinah, Qatif

Incidents happen just hours after suicide bomber was killed and two people were wounded in a blast near the US consulate in Jeddah
Explosions shake Saudi cities of Madinah, Qatif
By Reuters
Mon 04 Jul 2016 08:55 PM

Two explosions shook the city of Qatif in eastern Saudi Arabia, where many of the kingdom's Shi'ite Muslim minority live, and witnesses said body parts could be seen in the area of the blast.

A witness said one explosion destroyed a car parked near a mosque, followed by another explosion just before 7 p.m. local time. Body parts could be seen and they are believed to be that of an attacker, the witness added.

Photographs purporting to be of the incident published on Twitter showed a severed leg and crowds gathered outside a mosque at dusk. Some posts said the explosion was caused by a suicide attacker setting off a bomb.

Reuters could not immediately verify the images or confirm the information.

The incident happened just hours after a suicide bomber was killed and two people were wounded in a blast near the U.S. consulate in the kingdom's second city of Jeddah on Monday.

It was the first bombing in years to attempt to target foreigners in the kingdom. There was no immedaite claim of responsibility for the Jeddah attack.

ISIL 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.

Separately, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television reported that a suicide bomber detonated a device near the security headquarters of the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah, Saudi Arabia, the second-holiest site in Islam. Pictures circulating on social media showed dark smoke billowing from flames near the mosque.

At least three people were killed in the blast, including a suicide bomber and two security officers.

The bomber detonated his device as the security officers were breaking their day-long fast for Ramadan, Arabiya reported.

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