Saudi National Bombed At Prophet’s Mosque – Saudi Officials

Saudi authorities have named the perpetrators as they say they have arrested seven Saudi nationals and 12 Pakistanis in connection with the recent bomb attacks in the city of Medina and the eastern region of Qatif.

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry identified the Medina Prophet’s Mosque bomber as 26-year-old Saudi national Na’ir al-Nujiaidi al-Balawi.

The statement claimed Balawi, had a “history of drug use”, and crossed a parking lot next to Masjid al-Nabawi and detonated an explosive belt near a security headquarters, killing four soldiers.

“When security guards intercepted him he blew himself up,” an unnamed Interior Ministry spokesman told state-run al-Ikhbariya television news network.

The attacker is reported to have planned to target the sacred site as thousands had gathered for the sunset prayer on the last day of the holy Muslim fasting holy month of Ramadan.

The Saudi Interior Ministry further named three bombers behind an attack outside a Shia mosque in Qatif: Abdulrahman Saleh Mohammed, Ibrahim Saleh Mohammed and Abdelkarim al-Hesni.