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ISIS Claims Responsibility in Suicide Bombing in Shia Mosque in Qatif Killing 21 Worshippers

Some of those killed in the ISIS suicide bombing in a mosque in Qatif, Saudi Arabia. The photograph has gone viral on social media

Some of those killed in the ISIS suicide bombing in a mosque in Qatif, Saudi Arabia. The photograph has gone viral on social media

At least 20 worshippers, including a child, were killed and 102 injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a Shia mosque in Qatif, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, after Friday prayers today.

On social media, ISIS, an Al Qaeda off-shoot which is now in control of half of Syria and huge territories in Iraq, has claimed responsibility for the attack, the second to hit the Shia community.

Many shared the ISIS statement, including a tweet which is now not available, which announced the commencement of ISIS activities in the oil-rich country, through “the Province of Najd through the Qatif operation” which killed the Rawafedh, a derogatory term used in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and the rest of its Gulf neighbours to refer to Shias.

In November, eight people were killed in Al Ahsa, also in the Eastern province, when gunmen attacked a Shia community centre, where a religious ceremony was taking place.

The attack happened when a suicide bomber entered Iman Ali mosque in Al Qadih, Qatif, during the Friday prayers and blew himself up.

Saudi journalist Ahmed Al Omran tweets:

He adds:

Bahraini activist Ala'a Shehabi shares a video of angry Saudis after the attack chanting Labbaik Ya Hussain, a Shia chant which translates to “we are at your service O Hussain”:

Hussain is the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, revered by Shia Muslims, who lament his death in 680 to this day.

More videos and photographs are also emerging from Saudi Arabia, which has zero tolerance for dissent or protests, of more angry Saudis protesting the attack:

Ismail Al Madani shares these photographs:

And Ather Alqatif shares this video showing protestors chanting against terrorism:

Massive protests in Qatif denouncing terrorism and chanting “We will not bow except to Allah”

Saudi intellectual Dr Madawi Al Rasheed blamed sectarianism for the attack, saying:

The accumulation of sectarian tension which is taking the region by storm ends where it started and reaps the lives of innocents.

Others pointed the blame at Saudi Arabia itself, for allowing sectarianism to take hold of society, when it turned its back to growing sectarian sentiments fueled by Wahabbi religious scholars and writers.

Iyad El-Baghdadi explains:

He shares several videos broadcast on Saudi channels, featuring prominent Saudi scholars calling Shia adherants infidels, as well as tweets, calling for the annihilation of Shias. Here are a few examples of hate speech tolerated in Saudi Arabia:

Although many condemned the attack, Zaki Safr explains:

We fight terrorism with one hand, and feed it with the other

El-Baghdadi is appalled at how many spoke out on social media in support of the attack and the murder of Shias. He tweets:

Meanwhile, Abdulla Al Shammari offers a solution:

The Shia and the Sunnis are not my concern, there is a God to judge them.
We want to live in peace and we have to point out those who want to put obstacles in the path of peace

13 comments

  • rdzk

    Sad.Abot time the muslims get rid of the Royal$audi leeches who kill their brothers and prevent them from attaining Mecca and Medina. Yea, money to kill yemens, have DisneyFrozen oasis to ski and no help for your kin. Shame on Saudi!

  • OHDisqusNSA666100

    If you’re fighting a thing with one had and feeding it with the other, like the USA is trying to do, then you’re definitely insincere about both.
    It shows there is something you aren’t facing up to, something obvious, which you could do one day like, why not just let the Arabs sell us their oil on the open market and put a tax on it which they can then use for whatever socialistic purpose they want, then, let the oil companies whine how unfair it is. We would be better off. We would get more oil, profits would go up, security would go up – that is profits and security over the LONG term, maybe not this quarter, but who cares about profits this quarter because quarter we would get to listen to the sweet oil company whining how unfair it is, calling the Arabs communist moochers, comparing themselves to Holocaust victims because they have to pay a tax, oh please US Military go back and create another 50 years of chaos and blowback. And we American people would just sit there smiling saying keep whining CEOs, America is going to have a foreign policy that actually makes sense.
    Nobody poor or middle class in USA is making deals with Saudi Sheiks. Because we tolerate the ultra-worthy .01% rich we have this whole mess. They mainly want to start wars so they can cut our wages.

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