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ISIL-backed websites release photos of Saudi attackers

The websites claim two of the four attackers, who killed three Saudi border guards on Monday, were Saudi nationals.

ISIL-backed websites release photos of Saudi attackers

Social media sites supporting ISIL have reportedly released photos of two Saudi nationals they say were involved in the attack that killed three border guards in the kingdom on Monday.

Saudi authorities still were working to identify two other attackers, whose bodies were severely disfigured, Asharq Al Awsat newspaper reported.

One of the men had detonated a suicide bomb, while the other had used a hand grenade to kill himself when he was surrounded.

“DNA tests are being conducted on bodies to confirm the attackers' identities,” the daily said.

“Saudi authorities have identified the two Saudi attackers from their facial features that had not changed as a result of the gun battle.”

Two Saudi guards and their commanding officer were killed in the ambush near Arar, close to the border with the Iraqi province of Anbar, controlled by ISIL.

At least one analyst has said the attack was likely the first by ISIL on Saudi Arabia, which is supporting the US-led coalition against the terror group in Iraq and Syria.