Mosque bombings kill 25 as IS targets Shiites in Saudi Arabia

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Issue 994 - 05 Jun 2015 | 8 minute read

Islamic State (IS) militants were quick to claim responsibility for a suicide bombing at a packed Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province on 22 May that killed 21 people and injured many more. It was the worst terrorist attack inside the kingdom since 2004 (see From the archive, page 13), and the first attack there to be claimed by IS, whose local branch issued a statement warning Shiites of “black days” ahead.The attack, during prayers at the Ali Ibn Abi Talib mosque in the village of Al-Qudayh, was followed on 29 May by another, also directed at Shiites worshipping at Friday prayers.

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