DUBAI: A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shia mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, residents said, killing and wounding several people.
One witness described a huge explosion at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh.
He estimated there were at least 30 casualties in the attack, where more than 150 people were praying.
“We were doing the first part of the prayers when we heard the blast,” Kamal Jaafar Hassan, one worshipper, told Reuters by telephone from the scene.
The Saudi state news agency confirmed an explosion had occurred at a mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia and said more details would be provided later.
Pictures posted on social media showed bloodied victims being taken away on stretchers.
The interior ministry said a large explosion hit the mosque in in the Shia-majority Qatif region during the main weekly prayers.
An interior ministry spokesperson said an investigation has been opened and more details of the explosion would follow.
An activist said at least four worshippers were killed and others wounded, AFP reported.
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