Saudi security personel gather at the site of the suicide attack near the security headquarters of the Prophet's Mosque in Medina City on July 4, 2016. / AFP / STR
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Three suicide bombings have struck across Saudi Arabia in a single day, including a shocking attack at Islam's second holiest site, the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, where four security guards were killed.Monday's attacks on Islam's spiritual home came as Muslims prepare for the feast this week marking the end of the holy fasting month Ramadan.The suicide bombing in Medina came during sunset prayers at the Prophet's Mosque – where Islam's Prophet Mohammed is buried and which attracts millions of pilgrims each year.The head of Saudi Arabia's Shura Council, the kingdom's main advisory body, said the attack was "unprecedented".At the same time as the Medina attack, across the country in the Shiite-populated Gulf city of Qatif another suicide bombing took place near a Shiite mosque, residents and the interior ministry said.The attack coincided with the US July 4 Independence Day holiday.
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