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Shi'ite Mosque In Saudi Arabia Attacked


Two people have been killed and seven others wounded in a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in the east of Saudi Arabia, where much of the country's Shi'ite community lives.

The Saudi Interior Ministry said authorities prevented two suicide bombers from entering the Iman Reza Mosque in the town of Mahasen during Friday Prayers on January 29.

"When security men stopped them, one blew himself up at the entrance of the mosque, and there was an exchange of fire with the other. He was wounded and arrested wearing an explosive belt," an Interior Ministry spokesman said.

Shi'ites in Saudi Arabia have previously been targeted in attacks by the Islamic State group in the kingdom.

Earlier this month, Saudi officials also executed a prominent Shi'ite cleric from the region, raising tensions in the area.

Based on reporting by dpa, Reuters, and AP