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Suicide Bomber Attacks Shia Mosque In Saudi Arabia

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| May 22 , 2015 , 16:49 IST
[caption id="attachment_40532" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Photo from inside the Shia mosque attacked in Saudi city of Qatif, reports say 5 killed, 20 injured - @QatifDirect Photo from inside the Shia mosque attacked in Saudi city of Qatif, reports say 5 killed, 20 injured - @QatifDirect[/caption] The death toll from a blast at a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia on Friday rose to 21, Al Arabiya news reported. A suicide bomber on Friday attacked a Shia mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers.According to reports the blast ripped through a mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia. According to reports the blast ripped through a mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia. A large explosion hit the mosque in Kudeih in the Qatif region during the Friday prayers, when around 150 persons were offering prayers in the mosque. Initial reports said that at least four worshippers were killed and others wounded. The Saudi state news agency confirmed an explosion had occurred at a mosque and said more details would be provided later. The kingdom's Shia community accounts for between 10 to 15 percent of the total population and is mostly based in two oasis districts of the Eastern Province - Qatif on the Gulf coast, and al-Ahsa, southwest of the provincial capital al-Khobar. Qatif and al-Ahsa have historically been the focal point of anti-government demonstrations. (With inputs from agencies)