Three persons were killed and several others injured when a suicide bomber hurled himself inside a mosque which exploded immediately, in Najran in Saudi Arabia, according to al-Arabiya television.
The explosion at al-Mashhad mosque took place during evening prayers (Maghrib), and the authorities investigating the bombing refused to divulge details, reported a Saudi news website.
According to a video by a daily newspaper al-Watan, panicked worshippers ran helter-skelter after the explosion, as sirens wailed, and dust filled the street.
The militant group, opposed to Gulf Arab rulers, is trying to stir sectarian confrontation to bring about the overthrow of the states’ ruling dynasties. It has urged young Saudi Sunni Muslims in the kingdom to attack targets, including Shi’ites.
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has targeted Saudi Arabia on several occasions in the recent months. Najran is located on the border with Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is leading a military coalition against Shia Houthi rebels, who have vowed attacks on Saudi Arabia.
However, there was no immediate word on the religious affiliation of the mosque. Ismaili Shi’ites are a majority in Najran, but a minority in Sunni Saudi Arabia.
Earlier on August 6, a suicide bomber killed at least 15 people in an attack on a mosque in southwest Saudi Arabia. The attack was allegedly carried out by Islamic State.
In May, two suicide bomb attacks on Shi’ite Muslim mosques in Saudi Arabia killed 25 worshippers. Islamic State claimed responsibility.