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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Outrage spread Tuesday after a deadly suicide bombing at Islam's second-holiest site in the Saudi city of Medina, one of three attacks in the kingdom on a single day. Religious and political leaders across the Middle East denounced the attack near the Prophet's Mosque that left four dead and came as Muslims prepare for the feast this week marking the end of the holy month Ramadan.The targeting of Medina caused widespread outrage, both in Saudi Arabia and across the Muslim world.Middle East expert Madhawi al-Rasheed said the attack in Medina appeared aimed at humiliating the Saudi government, the guardian of Islam's holiest sites.At the same time as the Medina attack, another suicide bombing occurred near a Shiite mosque across the country in the Shiite-populated Gulf city of Qatif.Monday's first attack happened in the western Saudi city of Jeddah, where two police officers were wounded in a suicide bombing near the U.S. consulate in the early hours.
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