A damaged car is seen after a blast near the U.S. consulate in Saudi Arabia's second city of Jeddah July 4, 2016. Picture taken July 4, 2016. Saudi Press Agency/Handout
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Technical hitches limited the death tolls in three suicide attacks in Saudi Arabia but the apparent coordination of the blasts suggests militants have the tools to sustain their bombing campaign. Three young Saudis detonated explosive vests near a Shiite mosque in Qatif last Monday, killing only themselves, while an attack by another young Saudi suicide bomber at the Prophet's mosque in Medina killed four policemen.Turki said he was unable to confirm that some devices did not properly explode.Saudi Arabia's success in clamping down on Al-Qaeda since its 2003-06 attacks has forced Daesh toward its model of remote control for lone wolves or sleeper cells.The security police, known as the Mabahith, closely monitor Saudis with suspected connections to militants and have detained over 15,000 suspects since the Al-Qaeda campaign began.Sympathy toward fellow Sunnis fighting the war in Syria has created a new generation of young Saudi militants.
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