After the attack that killed four security officers and left several others injured near Prophet Muhammed’s mosque in Medina, one of Islam’s holiest sites, Saudi’s King Salman Ibn Abdulaziz has promised to strike with an “iron hand” against those responsible for suicide attacks in the kingdom.

There were three attacks in the kingdom on Monday. Attacks were also launched in Jeddah and another city on the same day, killing only the assailants.

The Saudi King said during his Eid el-Fitr speech which marks the end of Ramadan that the kingdom would strike with an “iron hand” those who targeted the minds and thoughts of youths.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks but many hands are pointing at the Islamic State which had before now carried out similar bombings, targeting Shia Muslims and Saudi security forces.

Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body condemned the three attacks. The Senior Council of Ullama said the bombers “violated everything that is sacred”.

In his reaction, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and a member of the Jordanian royal family, said “this is one of the holiest sites in Islam, and for such an attack to take place there and during Ramadan, can be considered a direct attack on Muslims all across the world.”

Author: Ope Adedeji