Quote:Two Saudi security force members were killed on Monday after a suicide bombing took place in Madinah near the prophet’s mosque, the Al-Haram Al-Nabawi, regarded as one of Islam's holiest sites.
Al Arabiya News Channel’s correspondent said the suicide bombing took place in a parking lot between the city court and the mosque, visited by millions every year. The channel showed images of fire raging in a parking lot with at least one body seen nearby. The suicide bomber also died in the attack.
The attack near the prophet's mosque took place during Maghreb prayers, the time when Muslims break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan.
Security forces have cordoned off the area.
Two million visitors have so far arrived at Al-Haram Al-Nabawi during Ramadan to finish recitation of the Quran. The correspondent said the visitors were undeterred and were heading to perform the Isha prayers, which take place soon after the inital fast-breaking prayer.
Two other suicide bombings also took place in the eastern city of Qatif on Monday evening after a foiled attack earlier in the day in Jeddah.
Al Arabiya News Channel’s correspondent said worshippers were unhurt following the attack.
Smoke from a suicide blast outside the Prophet's (PBUH) mosque in Medinah.
According to early reports. the suicide bomber detonated the bomb outside the mosque. Two security men were killed while breaking their fast, some reports say "the security officers were about to break their fast when a young man, said by Okaz to be 18 years old, approached them to share food. He then detonated explosives."
This follows last night's suicide bombing attempt at the US consulate in Jeddah, with Kuwait claiming to have foiled suicide bombing attempts by ISIS members.
My opinion on suicide attacks:
مِنْ أَجْلِ ذَلِكَ كَتَبْنَا عَلَى بَنِيْ إِسْرَائِيْلَ أَنَّهُ مَنْ قَتَلَ نَفْسًا بِغَيْرِ نَفْسٍ أَوْ فَسَادٍ فِي الأَرْضِ فَكَأَنَّمَا قَتَلَ النَّاسَ جَمِيْعًا وَمَنْ أَحْيَاهَا فَكَأَنَّمَا أَحْيَا النَّاسَ جَمِيْعًا وَلَقَدْ جَاءَتْهُمْ رُسُلُنَا بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ ثُمَّ إِنَّ كَثِيْرًا مِّنْهُمْ بَعْدَ ذَلِكَ فِي الأَرْضِ لَمُسْرِفُوْنَ.
Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors. (5:32)
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