Saudi Arabia mosque attack: 13 confirmed dead as suicide bomber targets Abha security base

The man reportedly targeted police trainees who were praying at the time

Caroline Mortimer@cjmortimer
Friday 07 August 2015 07:36
The bomb blast in Asseer
The bomb blast in Asseer

Thirteen people have been confirmed dead after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque inside a security base in Saudi Arabia.

According to an interior ministry spokesman quoted on Saudi state TV, nine people were wounded in the attack at the local secuirty force headquarters in Abha, near the Yemeni border.

Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour al-Turki said initial findings point to the attack being carried out by a suicide bomber in an explosive vest.

State television had earlier reported at least 17 people were dead.

The mosque was principally for a state security unit called the Special Emergency Force and 10 members are believed to have been killed, the TV channel reported.

Another interior ministry official told AP that the bomb targeted police trainees while they were in prayer.

The three other victims were workers in the compound.

No terrorist group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack but last month Saudi forces arrested over 400 suspected members of Isis who were alledged to be plotting attacks on police and mosques in the country.

An Isis suicide bomber stuck a Shiite mosque in the eastern village of al-Ahsa in May and killed 22 people. A week later, another bomb attack outside another eastern Shiite mosque killed four.

Additional reporting by Reuters and AP

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