Tamil Diplomat

Saudi Arabia Shia attack: Five killed at Ashura event

Five people have been killed and nine wounded in an attack on a Shia gathering hall in eastern Saudi Arabia, the interior ministry says.The killings, in Saihat in Eastern Province on Friday, come two days after the start of Ashura commemorations, a holy occasion for Shia Muslims.

A group claiming links to Islamic State (IS) said it carried out the attack. The interior ministry said a gunman opened fire at random before police intervened and shot the attacker dead. Later, a group calling itself Islamic State-Bahrain State said that one of its “soldiers” had attacked “a Shia infidel temple” with an automatic weapon.The group warned that “infidels will not be safe in the island of Mohammed”.