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Blast strikes near Prophet’s Mosque in Saudi

Two other blasts also attacked a mosque in the eastern city of Qatif after an earlier bombing in the same day

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Four Saudi security force members were killed on Monday after a suicide bombing took place in Madinah near the prophet’s mosque, the Al-Haram Al-Nabawi, regarded as one of Islam's holiest sites.

Al Arabiya News Channel’s correspondent said the suicide bombing took place in a parking lot between the city court and the mosque, visited by millions every year. The channel showed images of fire raging in a parking lot with at least one body seen nearby. The suicide bomber also died in the attack.

The attack near the prophet's mosque took place during Maghreb prayers, the time when Muslims break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

Al Arabiya News Channel’s correspondent said the suicide bomber targeted seven security officers when he pretended that he wanted to break his fast with them.

Security forces have cordoned off the area.

Two million visitors have so far arrived at Al-Haram Al-Nabawi during Ramadan to finish recitation of the Quran. The correspondent said the visitors were undeterred and were heading to perform the Isha prayers, which take place soon after the inital fast-breaking prayer.

Two other suicide bombings also took place in the eastern city of Qatif on Monday evening after a foiled attack earlier in the day in Jeddah.

Al Arabiya News Channel’s correspondent said worshippers were unhurt following the attack. Witnesses saw body parts at the scene, believed to be the suicide bomber himself.

The fresh attacks in Madinah and Qatif followed a suicide bombing near the US consulate in Saudi Arabia’s city of Jeddah early on Monday.

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