IS Claims Responsibility for Attack in Saudi Arabian MosqueWorld | August 7, 2015, Friday // 15:39| views
A handout picture made available by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows the scene of a suicide attack on a Mosque in the city of Abha, the capital of Asir Province, Saudi Arabia, 06 August 2015.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in a Saudi Arabian mosque that killed at least 15 people, international newswires reported.
Among those killed were 12 members of the Special Emergency Force, a counter-terrorism unit. The blast took place in an Interior Ministry compound in the city of Abha, the provincial capital of Asir close to Saudi Arabia's border with war-torn Yemen on Thursday.
The jihadist group said it had targeted the troops because they enabled the rule of Saudi Arabia’s monarchs and their western backers.
The claim was made in a statement on Twitter by the so-called Hijaz Province of the Islamic State. The jihadist group said it had attacked the troops because they served the kingdom's monarchs and their western supporters.
Saudi Arabia is part of the U.S.-led coalition carrying out airstrikes against targets of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. It is also leading a coalition targeting Yemen’s Shiite rebels allied with Iran who have attacked Saudi military targets across the border.
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