Saudi policemen gather around debris following a blast inside a mosque, in the mainly Shiite Saudi Gulf coastal town of Qatif, 400 kms east of Riyadh, on May 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / STR
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A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers Friday in a packed Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, the first attack in the kingdom to be claimed by ISIS militants.ISIS said in a statement that one of its suicide bombers, identified as Abu 'Ammar al-Najdi, carried out the attack using an explosives-laden belt that killed or wounded 250 people, U.S.-based monitoring group SITE said on its Twitter account.In November the Sunni group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for attacks against the Sunni rulers of Saudi Arabia, which has declared ISIS a terrorist organisation, joined international air strikes against it, and mobilized top clergy to denounce it.Friday's bombing was the first attack targeting minority Shiites since November, when gunmen opened fire during a religious celebration in al-Ahsa, also in the east where most of the group live in predominantly Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia.
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