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Saudi Arabia: Attack on Najran’s Ismaili community amplifies IS threat

The suicide bombing of a mosque in Najran in late October is the fifth attack this year on a Saudi mosque by those who identify themselves as Islamic State (IS, or Daesh) and the first against the southern Ismaili community. The attack on 26 October killed two people; one of those killed was a 95-year-old man who blocked the bomber as he entered Al-Mashhad mosque in Najran city, preventing him from reaching the centre of the room. The attack comes amid growing fears of possible IS attacks on western interests in the kingdom.

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