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Wave of bombings sweep Saudi Arabia

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A suicide bomber blew himself up near the United States consulate in Saudi Arabia's Red Sea city of Jeddah in the early hours of Monday, the interior ministry said.Video provided by AFP Newslook

In this Monday July 4, 2016 TV grab from footage released by Al-Ekhbariya, Saudi security forces investigate the scene of an explosion in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.(Photo: Uncredited, AP)

A series of bombings across Saudi Arabia on Monday brought death and fear to the Sunni nation<span style="color: Red;">*</span>as the holy month of Ramadan edged closer<span style="color: Red;">*</span>to a violent conclusion across the region.
The Islamic State<span style="color: Red;">*</span>issued a communique before Ramadan began imploring<span style="color: Red;">*</span>jihadists to “make it, with God’s permission, a month of pain for infidels everywhere.”<span style="color: Red;">*</span>The militant group claimed responsibility for attacks in Iraq, Bangladesh and Turkey that killed hundreds in the last week. Ramadan ends this week.
Islamic State did not immediately claim responsibility for any of the Saudi blasts.
In Saudi Arabia on Monday, an attack in the western city of Medina<span style="color: Red;">*</span>targeted security forces near<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Al-Haram al-Nabawi, a mosque built by the prophet Mohammed and one of the holiest in Islam. The Saudi news agency Arabiya reported the<span style="color: Red;">*</span>attack<span style="color: Red;">*</span>took place during prayers and in the evening,<span style="color: Red;">*</span>when observing Muslims break their Ramadan fast.
The death toll was not immediately clear. Arabiya said at least two security forces were killed while<span style="color: Red;">*</span>CNN reported that four people died in the blast.
Also Monday, a<span style="color: Red;">*</span>suicide bomber blew himself up near a Shiite mosque in the eastern city of Qatif,<span style="color: Red;">*</span>multiple news agencies reported. A car bomb also exploded nearby, but no other deaths or injuries were immediately reported.
Qatif sits on the Persian Gulf in Saudi Arabia's expansive Eastern Province.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Saudi Arabia is dominated by Sunnis but has a substantial Shiite population in the east.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Resident Nasima al-Sada told AFP that "one bomber blew himself up near the mosque" and that no bystanders were hurt.
The Qatif blasts<span style="color: Red;">*</span>came hours after a suicide bomber struck near the U.S. consulate in the western Saudi city of<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Jiddah.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>The Saudi Interior Ministry said the Jiddah attacker detonated his suicide vest when security guards approached him near the parking lot of a hospital.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Some cars in the parking lot were damaged. No group has yet claimed<span style="color: Red;">*</span>responsibility for that attack.
The U.S. consulate in Jiddah<span style="color: Red;">*</span>was the scene of an attack in 2004, when<span style="color: Red;">*</span>five employees and four gunmen were killed.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>The Saudi wing of al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for that attack.

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