Suicide bomber strikes at Saudi Shi’ite mosque, several casualties – residents
Suicide bomber strikes at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, several casualties - Photo courtesy of Twitter activites
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DUBAI: A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shi’ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, residents said, killing and wounding several people.

One witness described a huge explosion at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh. He estimated there were at least 30 casualties in the attack, where more than 150 people were praying.

Suicide bomber strikes at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, several casualties - Photo courtesy of Twitter activites

Suicide bomber strikes at Saudi Shi’ite mosque, several casualties – Photo courtesy of Twitter activites

 

“We were doing the first part of the prayers when we heard the blast,” Kamal Jaafar Hassan, one worshipper, told Reuters by telephone from the scene.

The Saudi state news agency confirmed an explosion had occurred at a mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia and said more details would be provided later.

 

Suicide bomber strikes at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, several casualties

Suicide bomber strikes at Saudi Shi’ite mosque, several casualties – Photo courtesy of Twitter activites

 

Pictures posted on social media showed bloodied victims being taken away on stretchers.

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