- At least 3 people were killed after a suicide attack in the mosque where Muhammad is buried, one of the holiest sites of Islam.
- The strikes come as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan ends and Americans celebrate July 4th, the Independence Day of the United States.
At the verge of ending the evening prayer at the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia the suicide bomber struck. He reportedly detonated his explosive device close to a security building outside the mosque, killing himself and two security officials.
The attack comes after two suicide bombers struck in various Saudi Arabian cities earlier in the day. Several cars caught fire and local media showed images of what appeared be a fire outside one of the buildings overlooking the Prophet’s Mosque. The sprawling mosque where the Prophet Muhammad is buried is visited by millions of Muslims around the world each year during pilgrimages to Mecca.
The area would have been filled with pilgrims for prayers during the final days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends in the kingdom on Tuesday July, 2016.