Saudi security forces have foiled a planned suicide attack on a mosque in the Qatif area in eastern Saudi Arabia Muslims reside, al Arabiya news channel and other Saudi media reported.
The Saudi-owned satellite station said a guy who was wearing an explosive belt and detained another was killed by security forces. Both guys weren’t Saudi citizens, al Arabiya said.
Saudi newspaper Asharq al-Awsat carried the same report but said after security forces traded fire the second man was wounded.
Saudi Arabia has endured a string of bomb attacks and fatal shooting in recent months, many of them maintained by the militant Islamic State group.
Islamic State is hostile to Gulf Arab monarchies and is seen to be attempting to stoke Sunni-Shi’ite sectarian confrontations in Arabian peninsula states finally overthrow their dynasties and to destabilize.
In July, suicide bombers struck three cities across Saudi Arabia, killing at least four security officers. The apparently coordinated attacks came on the penultimate day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.