Saudis arrest 19 including 12 Pakistanis over bomb attacks

Naer Muslim Hamad crossed a vehicle park next to the Prophet's mosque and detonated an explosive belt near a security headquarters, killing four soldiers, the state news agency SPA quoted a ministry spokesman as saying.

Four people were killed in the Medina explosion near the Prophet's Mosque, which came as Muslims prepared for this week's Eid al-Fitr festival marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Body parts of three people were found after another suicide bombing in the mostly Shia Gulf city of Qatif, the ministry said earlier.

The authorities have identified Na'ir al-Nujiaidi al-Balawi, a 26-year-old Saudi man, as the perpetrator of the Medina attack, the ministry said.

Twelve Pakistanis and seven Saudis have been detained in relation to string of suicide bombings on the same day, the interior ministry said.

Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday that the suicide bomber who blew himself up at the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah was a Saudi national with a history of drug abuse.

Earlier, a Pakistani national was identified as the attacker outside the U.S. Consulate in Jiddah.

The Saudi ministry said the attacker in the Madina assault set off the bomb in a parking lot after security officers became suspicious about him. The ministry said none of them had Saudi IDs.

No group has so far taken credit of these attacks.

The United Nations human rights chief described the bombing outside in Medina as "an attack on Islam itself". The city is home to the second most sacred site in Islam, a mosque built in the 7th century by the Prophet Mohammed, the founder of Islam, which also houses his tomb.

Even though no group has yet claimed responsibility for Monday's apparently coordinated attacks, they bear the hallmarks of those carried out by the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group. The extremist group has said its intention is to topple the kingdom's Al Saud ruling family. Saudi Arabia has seen similar bouts of violence at the hands of "Islamic State" (IS) inspired extremists.

He noted that Riyadh "is determined to strike with an iron fist all those who want to harm the spirit and orientation of our youth".

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