Saudi men take part in a mass funeral in the mainly Shiite Saudi Gulf coastal town of Qatif, 400 kms east of Riyadh, on May 25, 2015, held for the victims of a mosque bombing. AFP PHOTO / HUSSEIN RADWAN
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Tens of thousands of Saudi Shiites gathered Monday for a mass funeral for the victims of a mosque bombing authorities called an attempt by Sunni extremists to sow sectarian strife.Mourners from the kingdom's minority crowded the streets in the mainly Shiite Qatif district of Eastern Province to show their respect for the 21 dead, who included two children.The suicide bombing, during the main weekly Muslim prayers in Al-Qadeeh, was the second mass killing of Shiites in the kingdom since late last year.In November, gunmen killed seven Shiites in the Eastern Province town of Al-Dalwa.Most Saudi Arabian Shiites live in the east, where the vast majority of the country's oil reserves lie but where Shiites have long complained of marginalization.
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