Deadly Attack Rocks Mosque in Saudi Arabia

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.

Deadly Attack Rocks Mosque in Saudi Arabia

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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