Saudi foils fresh attack on a restaurant

Saudi security forces show their skills to handle a terrorist attack as they take part in a military parade in preparation for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. (File photo: AP)

Saudi Arabia has foiled a new attack on a busy restaurant on Wednesday after it thwarted a suicide bombing the day before on a mosque in the Eastern Province, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

The interior ministry said the attack was foiled “hours before” a Saudi and a Syrian attempted to carry out their suicide bombing offensive in the restaurant, located in the Eastern Province’s Tarout island.

Al Arabiya News Channel’s correspondent said Tarout Restaurant is a hot spot for local tourists who visit the eatery to try traditional food.

The ministry also named the would-be bombers; it said the Saudi was Abdullah Abdulrahman Al-Ghunaimi while the Syrian was Hussain Mohammed Ali.

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The incident followed a previous attempt by two non-Saudis to attack a mosque in Um Al-Hamam village in the Shiite-dominated enclave of Al-Qatif in the kingdom’s Eastern province.

The man, who attempted the attack on Al-Rasoul Al-A’dham mosque, was wearing an explosive belt and was eliminated by Saudi security forces.

The interior ministry, meanwhile, said on Wednesday that the eliminated man was from Pakistan.

These thwarted attacks come after a series of bombings taking place in early July this year, which included a blast near Prophet Mohammed’s mosque in Madinah, two suicide bombings in Al-Qatif, as well as a bomb targeting near the US consulate in Jeddah.

Saudi witnessed violent bombings in 2015 as well, including blasts claimed by ISIS. The so-called Sunni militant group ISIS has previously targeted the mainly Shiite Al-Qatif to stir up sectarian strife in the country.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49
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