Identity of Saudi mosque bomber revealed

The ministry said that the name of the suicide bomber was Yusuf Bin Salman Bin Abdullah al-Salman. The attack killed 15

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The Saudi interior ministry revealed on Saturday the identity of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) suicide bomber who blew up the mosque in the southwestern city of Abha that killed 15.

The ministry said that the name of the bomber was Yusuf Bin Salman Bin Abdullah al-Salman. He was 21 years old. The statement added that the bombing claimed the lives of six trainees and five emergency special forces members.

Earlier, ISIS revealed the bomber’s image, and said that his nickname was "Abu Sinan al-Najdi."

Nine people were also wounded in the attack, which occurred in a mosque in an interior ministry compound in Abha, the capital of Saudi Arabia’s Asir province near the border with Yemen.

The bombing took place after a group of officers had completed training for the week and had stopped for midday prayer at the mosque, according to a local report.

Meanwhile, Interior Ministry spokesman Gen. Mansour al-Turki told Al Arabiya News Channel that Salman had previously been detained, and authorities are now searching for additional suspects in the mosque bombing.

“There are sides who are complicit and we must find them,” he said.

Turki said while Saudis make “thousands of phone calls” to report suspicious people, which could lead authorities to “arrest those who we’ve have enough evidence to do so,” mere alerts were “not enough.”

“Educating youngsters” is important to stop them being used as “tools for terrorism,” he urged.

He added: “We are working to end any security void which could be used by the terrorists.”

Last year, along with several other Arab states, Saudi Arabia joined a U.S.-led coalition that is bombing ISIL in northern Syria and Iraq. Saudi Arabia is deeply concerned about the rise of the militant group across the region, especially because large numbers of its citizens have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq and there is a risk they could return and carry out attacks.

The international community joined Saudi in condemning the attack.

Video: An Al Arabiya report from inside the mosque.

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