Deadly Attack Rocks Mosque in Saudi Arabia

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مسجد امام رضا

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – At least three people have been killed in an attack on a Shiite mosque in al-Ahsa, eastern Saudi Arabia, media reports said on Friday.

Security officials told AP that the three dead was an initial toll. They spoke on condition of anonymity as a formal announcement had yet to be made.

Witness Mohammed al-Nimr told The Associated Press that security forces and ambulances quickly surrounded the mosque. He said that it was a shooting and that worshippers stopped the attacker from detonating a suicide bomb belt.

An activist, citing witnesses, separately told the Reuters earlier on Friday that an explosion was followed by a gun attack on Imam Ridha Mosque in the town of Mahasen in al-Ahsa region in the Eastern Province.

Residents said security forces were exchanging gunfire with five "terrorists".

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, Al Jazeera reported.



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