The US condemned the string of suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia including near to the US consulate in Jeddah and Islam’s holiest site in Medina, saying the intent of the terror attacks was to sow “division and fear”.
“The US strongly condemns the terrorist attacks yesterday in Saudi Arabia and commends the work of Saudi security forces, whose decisive response prevented further loss of life,” said Ned Price, spokesman National Security Council, the White House.
“Although the investigation of these attacks is still in its early phases, the intent of the terrorists is clear: to sow division and fear,” he said.
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“As we join in mourning the loss of at least six individuals, we stand in solidarity with the Saudi people, particularly during this time of celebration and prayer that marks the culmination of the holy month of Ramadan,” Price said in a statement.
In a separate statement, the State Department spokesman John Kirby extended condolences to the families of all those killed and injured in attacks in Jeddah, Qatif and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
“We condemn the violence that has marred the final days of Ramadan and brought sorrow to so many innocent families,” he said.
“We stand – as we have stood – with the people of Saudi Arabia as they confront the scourge of terrorism. These attacks underscore the scope of the threat we all face and remind us of the need to continue to stay focused on combating violent extremism and bringing those responsible for it to justice,” Kirby said.
Three suicide bombers struck in Saudi Arabia o June 5 in a rare incidence of multiple attacks in the kingdom.
The bombers struck near to the US consulate in Jeddah, next to a mosque in Shiite-dominated Qatif and close to the Islam’s holiest site, the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.