ISIS has claimed credit for a suicide bombing against a mosque in the southern Saudi Arabian city of Abha. The strike killed 17 people, including at least 10 who were members of the Saudi Interior Ministry’s special forces. Officials did not identify the mosque in question, which raised speculation it was actually inside a Saudi base.
The ISIS statement also leans credence to that theory, as they claimed the bombing to have been against a “military camp” in Asir Province. Saudi bases generally speaking do have mosques inside them.
ISIS has launched several bombings against mosques in Saudi Arabia, but had previously mostly targeted the nation’s Shi’ite minority. Those attacks were meant to fuel unrest, as Saudi Shi’ites were already unhappy with the Saudi war against Yemen, which is targeting the Shi’ite Houthis.
Saudi Arabia launched an “anti-terror” sweep last month, during which they captured hundreds of people they claimed were ISIS members. They insisted this had thwarted attacks, though today’s bombing suggests ISIS is still able to carry out attacks inside Saudi Arabia.