Saudi suicide bombings

This item appears on page 21 of the September 2016 issue.

A suicide bomber in the city of Medina, Saudi Arabia, killed four police officers and injured five others on July 5. The bomber had been stopped by security when trying to enter the Prophet’s Mosque, the burial site of the Prophet Muhammad and one of the holiest sites in Islam. 

On that same day, a suicide bomber targeted a Shia mosque in Qatif, with no other casualties, and in the capital, Jeddah, a suicide bomber detonated his bomb near the US Consulate, causing minor injuries to two security officers.