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IS Vows More Attacks After Saudi Mosque Bombing
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IS Vows More Attacks After Saudi Mosque Bombing

The Islamic State militant group released an audio recording purporting to feature the suicide bomber who killed 15 people at a police compound mosque in Saudi Arabia.

The audio, along with a photo of the suicide bomber identified as Abu Sinan al-Najdi, was posted late Friday on IS-affiliated Twitter accounts, AP reported. The speaker on the recording vowed more attacks, saying Saudi rulers and troops “will not enjoy peace” for taking part in the US-led coalition battling IS in Iraq and Syria.

He urged other militants to carry out suicide bombings, saying "explosive belts are more effective than firearms."

The attack in Abha on Thursday was one of the deadliest against Saudi Arabia’s security personnel in years. Most of the victims were members and recruits of the kingdom’s special forces.

In May, two suicide bomb attacks on Shia mosques in Saudi Arabia were claimed by IS. The first on a mosque in Qatif in the east of the kingdom killed 21 worshippers and four others died in a bombing a week later at a mosque in Dammam.

In mid-July, a car bomb exploded at a security checkpoint near a prison in the capital Riyadh, killing the 19-year-old driver and wounding two policemen.

 

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