Saudi Arabia mosque attack kills two

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The tomb of Imam Reza at Mashhad.

A SUICIDE BOMBER and a gunman have killed at least two people and injured seven others in an attack at a mosque in Saudi Arabia. 

Shia Muslims gathering for Friday prayers at the Imam Reza mosque were targeted in the attack in the city of Mahasen, reports from January 29 claim. 

One attacker allegedly detonated his suicide vest when security guards stopped the pair at the Mosque entrance. The suicide bomber survived the ensuing explosion, which left him wounded and still wearing his belt when he was arrested. A second suspect is said to have fired a weapon at the guards, before being overwhelmed by security forces.    

Videos circulating on social media show the blast´s impact on the busy mosque, with frantic worshippers trapped amid shaking walls, broken windows and a momentary power cut. One claims to show the suicide bomber being restrained by members of the congregation.

The brother of the recently executed cleric Sheikh Nimr al Nimr was attending the mosque and remarked that he expected the death toll to rise.  

Responsibility for the attack has yet to be claimed by any militant groups in the region, but the attack is one of a string of suicide bomb attacks to target Saudi Arabia´s Shia Muslims, who make up only 10-15 per cent of the mostly Sunni population, in the past twelve months.  

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