Saudi Arabia updates bombing casualty toll

RIYADH, Jan 29 (KUNA) — Saudi Arabia, hours after a suicide attack targeted a mosque packed with worshippers performing Friday prayers in the Kingdom East, revised casualty toll of the bombing saying four people lost their life and 18 others were wounded.
The Ministry of Interior said in a press release that two security personnel were among those who were wounded when Imam Al-Redha mosque was attacked in Al-Ahsa.
Most of the injuries are not life threatening, it explained.
A suicide bomber set off explosives strapped to his body at the mosque gate inflicting the casualties and damage in and outside the mosque.
The Ministry statement said a booby-trapped belt and an automatic gun were found in posession of “another person who was detained,” adding that a second automatic rifle, carried by the bomber, was confiscated.
A Ministry spokesman, earlier, said the security personnel had intervened to ban two “suicide persons” from entering the mosque during Friday prayers, however when approached, one of them blew himself up at the mosque gate, while the other engaged in a firefight with the forces. He was wounded and detained, the official spokesman explained.
Saudi authorities, in the initial reports, had said two people were killed and several others were wounded as a result of the attack, indicating that authorities were investigating its circumstances. (end) yms.rk