Islamic State militants have claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed four people at a Shi’ite Mosque in Saudi Arabia, the second attack claimed by the Sunni extremist group in a week.
Authorities say a car exploded outside the al-Anoud mosque during Friday prayers, while witnesses reported seeing a bomber disguised as a woman who blew himself up in the parking lot after being denied entry.
The attack took place in the eastern city of Dammam, a week after a suicide bombing in the nearby city of Qatif that left 21 people dead.
The Islamic State group has voiced its intention to stir up sectarian tensions in Saudi Arabia in a bid to topple the Al Saud family, urging Saudi Sunnis to attack Shi’ite targets.
The kingdom is taking part in the US-led coalition targeting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and is also part of an alliance of Arab countries fighting Shi’ite Houthi rebels in Yemen.