Suicide Bombing: President Buhari Condoles With Saudi Authorities

Buhari, Saudi, Suicide BombingPresident Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the suicide bombing in Madinah, which occurred on Monday in Islam’s second holiest city.

Condoling with Saudi authorities over the reprehensible attack, President Buhari said that the development was a desecration of all that was sacred and holy, as it took place near the Prophet’s Mosque, and on one of the holy days of Ramadan.

“The merchants of evil have once again shown that there is nothing religious in their mindless acts, by striking near the Prophet’s Mosque. It validates the claim that terrorism really has nothing to do with Islam. Purveyors of terror are simply agents of the devil,” President Buhari said.

He asserted that the fact that the Madinah bombing came the same day as a suicide bomber struck near the US Consulate in Jeddah, also in Saudi Arabia, shows that it was an orchestrated plan to foul up the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

President Buhari urged┬ánations to remain vigilant, “so that we can collectively beat the forces of darkness on the prowl round the globe.”

President Buhari stressed that terrorism no longer respects international boundaries, and charged humanity to rise as one body “to excise this vermin from our body polity, and assert our liberty from those who pander to base and vicious instincts.”

“With our collective resolve, we shall beat terrorism. Around the world and around the clock, let us be alert. And we would remain free and safe.” he said.

Suicide Bomb Hits Saudi Cities Of Medina, Qatif

Medina, Qatif, Saudi ArabiaA suicide bomb attack has been reported in Saudi Arabia’s city of Medina, close to the Prophet’s Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites.

The Prophet’s Mosque is the burial place of the Prophet Muhammad and Medina the second-holiest city in Islam after Mecca.

There has also been another explosion near a mosque in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Qatif.

A witness said one explosion had destroyed a car parked near the mosque in Qatif as the suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Shia mosque without causing any other injuries.

This was followed by the second explosion just before 7 p.m. local time.

Qatif is known to be home to many of the kingdom’s Shi’ite Muslim minority.

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 immediate claim of responsibility for the Jeddah attack.

Islamic State 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.

ISIL Claims Responsibility For Saudi Mosque Suicide Blasts

ISIL on saudi blastThe Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a mosque in southwest Saudi Arabia that killed at least 15 people, the group said in a statement on Thursday.

One of its fighters wearing an explosive belt triggered the blast, the ISIL statement said.

The blast, which was triggered by a suicide bomber, killed 15 people at a mosque inside a Special Forces headquarters in Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that 10 of those killed were members of the country’s security forces.

The Interior Ministry spokesman, Major General Mansour al-Turki, said on Thursday that the “terrorist” attack took place during noon prayers in the city of Abha, in the southern province of Asir.

Mr al-Takur said that nine other people were wounded in the attack, three of them seriously.

He further said that the bomb targeted police trainees as they were in the middle of prayer.

Twelve of those killed were members of a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit, while the other three were workers at the compound, officials said.

ISIL’s local affiliate had claimed responsibility for a number of attacks in recent months, including various deadly shootings and smaller attacks against police at checkpoints in the capital, Riyadh.

Thursday’s attack was the deadliest against Saudi security forces since ISIL attacks began in the kingdom in 2014.

In November, a gunman opened fire at a mosque in the eastern Saudi village of al-Ahsa, killing eight.

A suicide bomber that struck a Shia mosque in the eastern village of Qudeeh in May killed 22 people. That was the deadliest such assault in Saudi Arabia in more than a decade. A week later, a suicide bombing outside another eastern Shia mosque left four people dead.

Saudi authorities in July, announced the arrest of more than 400 suspects in an anti-terrorism sweep.

They said that they thwarted other ISIL attacks being plotted in the oil-rich kingdom, including a suicide bomb plot targeting a large mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia that could hold 3,000 worshippers and attempts to attack other mosques, diplomatic missions and security bodies.

Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition targeting Iran-allied Shia rebels in neighbouring Yemen, not far from Abha. The rebels had carried out a number of cross-border attacks against military targets.