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Qatar condemns suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia, including in Medina

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Al Masjid An-Nabawi
Al Masjid An-Nabawi

Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned yesterday’s attacks in Saudi Arabia as “criminal acts” that contradict “all humanitarian, moral and Islamic values.”

Four security guards were killed and five others were wounded by a suicide bomber outside the Prophet Muhammad’s mosque in Medina, Saudi’s Ministry of Interior said.

The explosion took place right before iftar time at one of the holiest sites for Muslims, which is also the burial place of the Prophet.

No one took responsibility for that attack or two others around Saudi yesterday.

However, the attack particularly in Medina spawned condemnations of ISIS around the world, including from Qatar residents.

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Other attacks

Saudi Arabia also confirmed that a suicide bomber detonated his vest outside of a Shia mosque in Qatif (across the country from Medina) around sunset yesterday.

The dead and injured are still being verified, Saudi’s MOI said.

Meanwhile, Qatar has also condemned a suicide bombing in Jeddah, the third attack to take place earlier yesterday.

According to Al Jazeera English, two security officers were injured after a man blew himself up near the US consulate there.

Monday's attacks in Saudi Arabia
Monday’s attacks in Saudi Arabia

He was later identified by Saudi’s MOI as a 34-year-old Pakistani man who had moved to the country 12 years ago to work as a driver.

In a statement, Qatar’s MOFA said the nation supports Saudi “as the latter faces these crimes committed against innocent people” and any efforts it takes “to preserve its peace and stability.”

The Emir also sent his condolences to the neighboring country yesterday, and several buildings around town lit up in green as solidarity:

Eid preparations

The attacks on Saudi come right before Eid Al Fitr begins tomorrow.

Gulf countries have been tightening security ahead of the holiday, where crowds of people tend to gather to pray and celebrate the end of Ramadan.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

In Qatar, security patrols are being stepped up at malls and other hotspots, including Hamad International Airport.

And in nearby Kuwait, prayers at outdoor Eid grounds have been canceled due to security reasons.

State news agency KUNA said the country has already recently foiled three plots against ISIS in Kuwait and abroad.

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