Saudi Interior ministry's spokesman Mansur al-Turki gestures during a press conference at the Saudi Officers club, in Riyadh, May 24, 2015. AFP/FAYEZ NURELDINE
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Saudi Arabia's king Sunday vowed to punish those responsible for a rare suicide bombing that killed 21 people at a Shiite mosque in the country's east, calling it a "heinous terrorist attack" that runs against Islamic and human values. King Salman made the pledge hours after the Interior Ministry confirmed that Friday's attack in the village of Al-Qadeeh in the eastern Qatif region was the work of an ISIS militant, backing up an earlier claim of responsibility by the group. The attack was the deadliest assault by militants in the kingdom since a 2004 Al-Qaeda attack on foreign worker compounds. Unlike that attack over a decade ago, Friday's strike targeted members of Saudi Arabia's Shiite minority – a sect that ISIS regularly denounces as heretics.
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