Source: www.independent.co.uk

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A suicide bomber killed four security officers and injured five others on Monday after he was stopped outside Prophet Muhammed’s Mosque.

The mosque is one of Islam’s holiest sites in Medina, Saudi Arabia.

It houses the grave of Prophet Muhammad, just as Medina is the second-holiest city in Islam after Mecca.

No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it is suspected that the Islamic State is responsible.

In a similar attack near the U.S. consulate on Monday in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia’s economic capital), an assailant blew himself up and injured two security officials.

 

The attacks have thrown Muslims around the world into panic as they came close to the end of the 30-day Ramadan fasting period and the consequent celebrations scheduled to hold on Wednesday.

The ISIS had claimed responsibility for attacks on the Istanbul Airport of June 28 in which 45 persons were killed and last Friday’s attack on a high profile cafe in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka in which 20 hostages and two policemen were killed.

 

The highest death toll in the attacks in the past one week was the one that occurred in Baghdad on Sunday when a massive truck bomb detonated killing 165 people.

Author: Ope Adedeji