Daesh claims car blast near Saudi jail

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Daesh claims car blast near Saudi jail

Riyadh - State news agency SPA named the bomber as Abdullah Fahd Abdullah Al Rashed. It said he was born in 1997 and had never travelled outside of the kingdom.

By Reuters

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Published: Sat 18 Jul 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Sat 18 Jul 2015, 4:06 PM

A car bomb exploded at a checkpoint near Saudi Arabia's highest security prison at sunset on Thursday, killing the driver and wounding two security officials, the interior ministry said, in an attack claimed by Daesh.
State television said the driver was a teenager on the run after killing his uncle. He triggered the blast after officers surrounded his vehicle south of the capital, Riyadh.
State news agency SPA named the bomber as Abdullah Fahd Abdullah Al Rashed. It said he was born in 1997 and had never travelled outside of the kingdom.
SPA named the dead uncle as Rashid Ibrahim Al Safyan, adding that Safyan had been a colonel, without elaborating.
In a statement posted online, Daesh group claimed responsibility for the killing of the officer and the attack, celebrating it a "double operation".
"The Muslim prisoners in Ha'er and everywhere should know that we won't tire and we won't rest until we end their detention, God willing," the statement said.
"While security officers were manning one of the security checkpoints on Ha'er Road in Riyadh, they directed the driver of a suspected car to stop. The driver initiated an explosion which led to his death," the ministry said in a statement.
The road runs south from Riyadh to Ha'er prison, home to 1,375 detainees who were mainly convicted of militant crimes, its director said this month. - Reuters



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