Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Explosion in Saudi Arabia

Suicide bomber strikes near Prophet’s Mosque in holy Saudi city of Medina (VIDEO)
Saudi security personel gather at the site of the suicide attack near the security headquarters of the Prophet's Mosque in Medina City on July 4, 2016 © STR

4 July, 2016
A bomb exploded outside the Prophet’s Mosque in the Saudi city of Medina – one of the holiest sites in Islam – on Monday night. Four security officers died and a further five were wounded, reported the country's interior ministry.
Monday is the last night of the holy month of Ramadan, with people breaking their fasts. Thousands had been congregating to hold sunset prayers marking the occasion, which ushers in the beginning of Eid, the biggest festival in the Muslim calendar.
Alongside the four security guards, the suicide bomber himself died in the blast. "The vibrations were very strong. It sounded like a building imploded," Qari Ziyaad Patel, an eyewitness, told AP.
Multiple videos flooding social media showed charred corpses lying next to the burning husk of a car in the mosque’s car park, as police and ambulance sirens blared, and hundreds of onlookers filmed footage on their smartphones.
Also known as Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, the Prophet’s Mosque is one of the holiest sites in Islam. It was the second mosque ever built, with the aid of Mohammed himself, who lived in a house next door. His tomb is still located there – sealed off from worshipers – and an iconic green-painted dome has been built over it.

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