US says attacks on Saudi Arabia underscore ‘threat of extremism’

An aerial view shows Muslim worshippers praying at the Grand mosque, the holiest place in Islam, in the holy city of Makkah during Ramadan, on Lailat al-Qadr, or Night of Power, Saudi Arabia, July 1, 2016. (Reuters)

The United States strongly condemned on Tuesday the deadly terrorist attacks that struck three cities in Saudi Arabia a day earlier.

In a statement, the US Department of State extended its condolences to the victims’ families and reaffirmed its solidarity with the people of Saudi Arabia in fighting terrorism.

“We condemn the violence that has marred the final days of Ramadan and brought sorrow to so many innocent families,” the statement read.

“We stand - as we have stood - with the people of Saudi Arabia as they confront the scourge of terrorism. These attacks underscore the scope of the threat we all face, and remind us of the need to continue to stay focused on combating violent extremism and bringing those responsible for it to justice.”

Saudi Arabia was the target of three terrorist attacks on Monday, one of which occurred outside the Prophet Mohammad’s Mosque in Madinah, the second-holiest site in Islam.

The apparently coordinated suicide attacks also targeted the US consulate in Jeddah and the eastern city of Qatif. At least four security officers were killed.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51