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Sunday 4 December 2016

Bomber kills 21 in mosque attack

A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers yesterday in a packed Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said. It was the first attack in the kingdom to be claimed by Islamic State militants.

It was one of the deadliest assaults in recent years in the largest Gulf Arab country, where sectarian tensions have been frayed by nearly two months of Saudi-led air strikes on Shi'ite Houthi rebels in neighbouring Yemen.

More than 150 people were praying when the blast ripped through the Imam Ali mosque in al-Qadeeh.

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