Suicide bombing near US consulate in Saudi: report

04-07-2016
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Riyadh: A suicide bomber blew himself up near the United States consulate in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea city of Jeddah today, reported the Sabq online newspaper, which is close to authorities.

It said two security officers were hurt "as a result of the failed bombing" on July 4, the day when Americans celebrate their independence.

Security officers sealed off the area after "a person blew himself up in a car in front of the US consulate in Jeddah," the report said.

There was no immediate word on who was responsible, but since late 2014 Saudi Arabian security officers and minority Shiites have been hit by deadly violence claimed by the Islamic State group.

The incident happened just before the dawn prayers after which Muslims begin their daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

American embassy officers could not be reached immediately, but the Saudi interior ministry said it would issue a statement.

In March last year the US embassy closed its main office, as well as consulates in Jeddah and Dhahran, for a few days over unspecified "security concerns".

In May this year, the interior ministry said four suspected jihadists died -- two by blowing themselves up -- during a raid in the kingdom’s west.

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