Saudi ministry names Prophet Mosque bomber
Saudi Interior Ministry named the suicide attackers involved in Monday's attacks on the cities of Madinah and Qatif
The Saudi Interior Ministry on Thursday named the suicide attacker behind the infamous attack near the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah which left four security force members dead.
The ministry said 26-year-old Naer Musllam Hammad Al-Nijaidi carried out Monday’s attack, adding that he had a history of drug abuse, read an interior ministry statement on the Saudi Press Agency.
The ministry also named three attackers behind the blast in the eastern city of Qatif, including Abdulrahman Saleh Mohammed Al-Amer, 23, who was formerly detained two years ago “for having been involved in a mob calling for the release of terror-related detainees.”
The other two attackers were Ibrhaim Saleh Mohammed Al-Amer, 20, and Abdulkareem Ibrahim Mohammed Al-Hasini, 20.
It said none of them had obtained Saudi IDs.
The ministry said investigations have led to the arrest of 19 suspects, including 12 Pakistani nationals and 7 Saudis, involved in the attacks in Madinah, Qatif and Jeddah.
The statement added that examinations of the remains from the two terror attacks in Madinah and Qatif “revealed the presence of the explosive Nitroglycerin”, which it said was similar to the substance found in the scene of the bombing at Sulaiman Faqih hospital parking lot in Jeddah, the spokesman said, adding that the authorities were still conducting tests.
Monday's bombings came days before the end of the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims fast from dawn until dusk.
Militant attacks on Madinah are unprecedented. The city is home to the second-holiest site in Islam, a mosque built by the Prophet Mohammed, the founder of Islam, which also houses his tomb.