Saudi security forces inspecting the site of an explosion which was reportedly triggered by a suicide bomber at a mosque in Abha. AFP PHOTO / HO / AL-EKHBARIA
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An alleged new branch of ISIS in Saudi Arabia has claimed responsibility for an attack that targeted a mosque used by police special forces in the kingdom's southwest Thursday, killing 15 people. It was one of the deadliest attacks in years against Saudi security forces that battled a wave of Al-Qaeda attacks about a decade ago and which have come under sporadic attacks in recent weeks in the capital, Riyadh, by militants purportedly linked to ISIS. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, told the Associated Press it was too early to confirm whether ISIS or its supporters were behind the attack and that the police were still investigating.ISIS' other affiliate in Saudi Arabia claimed responsibility for a number of attacks in the kingdom in recent months, including various deadly shootings and smaller attacks against police at checkpoints in Riyadh.
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