MEDINA, Saudi Arabia, July 6 (UPI) — A suicide bomber has killed four people and injured five more near one of Islam’s holiest sites on Monday, according to the Saudi interior ministry.
The bomber detonated his bomb, killing the security officers after they stopped him outside the Prophet’s Mosque, a statement said.
The mosque is the Prophet Muhammad’s burial place. Medina is also the holiest city in the Muslim world after Mecca. Two other Saudi cities were hit by suicide bombs on Monday.
As the bomb went off, thousands worshiped inside for sunset prayer on one of the last days of Ramadan.
The Islamic State has not claimed responsibility, but the attack implies the person either had operational links to the militants or was inspired by them said Fahad Nazer, at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, D.C.
“This attack has made it very clear [the Islamic State] does not seem to believe in any moral red lines whatsoever,” Nazer said. “Even Al Qaeda, which is certainly brutal in its own right, has never targeted Muslims in their houses of worship. [The Islamic State] has done that repeatedly.”