Islamic tourism threatened when suicide bomber attacks one of Islam’s holiest sites


It’s a center of Islamic tourism worldwide, where three suicide bombers attacked. This was reported in Saudi Arabia on Monday. The target was the Prophet’s Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites, according to local media reports.

Early reports from Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV say two security forces and a suicide bomber were killed in Medina, near the second-holiest site in Islam. No other casualties were reported in Qatif after two explosions were reported near a mosque, according to witnesses.

Medina is a city in western Saudi Arabia. In the city center, the vast Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (Prophet’s Mosque) is a major Islamic pilgrimage site. Its striking Green Dome rises above the tombs of the Prophet Muhammad and early Islamic leaders Abu Bakr and Umar. The Masjid al-Qiblatain (Qiblatain Mosque) is known as the site where the Prophet Muhammad received the command to change the direction of prayer to Mecca.

Early Monday, a suicide bomber died and wounded two others near the U.S. consulate in Jeddah. There have been no claims of responsibility. – Stephanie