Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry said that a Pakistan resident was responsible for the bombing which took place close to the American consulate in Jeddah.
The attack came in the early hours of US Independence Day. As two security guards tried to approach him, the bomber detonated his explosives. The bomber was killed and the guards were wounded. But, no one else was hurt. It was first of the three attacks targeting the kingdom on July 4, including one outside of the mosque grounds in Medina. Another happened at a Shiite mosque in the east of the country.
The attacker has been identified as 35-year-old Abdullah Waqar Khan, who was living with his wife and her parents for the past 12 years in Jeddah.
Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Nafees Zakaria said authorities in Islamabad were working to get more details about the man. He condemned the attacks and expressed solidarity with Saudi Arabia.
The attack came amid the series of attacks including that in Baghdad which claimed lives of 200 people, in Bangladesh and at the Istanbul airport. All these attacks were claimed by the terror group ISIS.