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ISIS Claims Car Bomb Blast in Saudi Capital

ISIS Claims Car Bomb Blast in Saudi Capital

Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that ISIS militant group claimed responsibility for an explosion that damaged a car in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Monday. The incident took place because of a bomb that had been affixed to the vehicle by an ISIS member.

The Saudi citizen said that his car had been damaged by a blast on Monday while parked in front of his house in the city’s Al-Azizia district, SPA reported citing a police spokesman. The blast caused no casualties; however, some nearby vehicles were damaged.

ISIS, which controls territory in Iraq and Syria, has staged a series of attacks in the kingdom. In 2014, Saudi Arabia declared the group a terrorist organization and apprehended hundreds of its supporters. Furthermore, it has been participating in the fight against extremist organizations in several countries.

In a statement released on the Telegram social messaging platform, ISIS’s Amaq news agency said the blast was triggered by a “sticky bomb” attached to the vehicle of a member of the Saudi armed forces, the SITE monitoring service reported.

A Saudi interior ministry spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

Among the attacks by ISIS was the incident of January 29th, when a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in the al-Ahsa district in Eastern Province was attacked killing four people and injuring 18. It was among a string of attacks claimed by the ISIS- affiliated jihadists that killed around 50 Saudis in the past year.

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