7 Facts about the blast in Masjid al Nabawi

On July 04, 2016, there was a suicide attack near Masjid al Nabawi in Madina which killed 4 security officials and left 5 injured. How the incident took place, we will explain each and every detail.

  1. When this incident took place?

The incident took place just at the time of Maghrib prayer when Muslims all around the world were breaking their fast.

  1. What was the target of the suicide attacker?

There were around 2 million Muslims in Masjid al Nabawi only, who were breaking their fast and the target of the suicide bomber was also Masjid al Nabawi.

In fact, he was heading towards his target. Normally, Iftar time is considered a peaceful time as even security officials remain busy in breaking their fast after all day’s long fasting. I think the suicide attacker wanted to take benefit of this time.

  1. How was the Suicide Attacker detected and stopped?

Security men suspected a man who was walking towards the Prophet’s Mosque across an open area that is being used as a parking lot for visitors. When they tried to stop him, he blew himself up resulting in his death and the martyrdom of four security men.

Meanwhile, five other security men were injured. The suicide attacker looked to be an 18 years old guy.

  1. Was this the only attack in Saudi Arabia that day?

No, 3 different cities of Saudi Arabia were attacked the same day of 4th July 2016.

  • The first attack was around 2 am in the morning when a Pakistani national blew himself near U.S. Consulate Jeddah.
  • The 2nd attack took place in Qatif where two suicide bombers blew themselves up one after the other outside the Faraj Al-Omran Mosque. 
  • The 3rd attack was targeting the Grand Mosque in Madina.
  1. How strong was the blast?

People who were present in the Masjid al Nabawi to break their fast heard a strong voice of blast. They felt as if the land is shaking. It was most horrible sound for many of them who were present there.

  1. What was the exact location of the Blast?

The suicide attacker blew himself in the Parking of Masjid al Nabawi towards Jannat ul Baqi.

  1. Who is responsible for this attack?

Arab News has reported that 46 suspects of Madina blast have been arrested so far. Of the 46 arrested, 32 are Saudi and 14 are nationals of Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan and Sudan. – Arab News

One of the two terrorists killed on Jan 07, 2017 shootout in Riyadh has been identified as Tayea Salem Yaslam Al-Sayari, who was wanted for plotting the attack on the Prophet’s Mosque in the year 2016. Source: Saudi Gazette

The Municipal Council of Madina has approved a recommendation to name streets after the martyrs of the Madina attacks, in recognition of their sacrifices for protecting the homeland and its citizens. Source: Arab News

Video 1: Videos circulated on social media showed a car burning and at least two security officers lying on the ground and two others lay crumpled near a burning car. The bomber also died in the attack, which took place at the time of iftar. No worshipper was injured in the attack, said a press correspondent from the scene.

Video 2: There is another video taken from a hotel window in which you can easily see the burning cars and the exact place where the incident took place.

Video 3: A video circulating on Social Media claimed to be the CCTV video of The Blast in Parking Lot back of Jannat Ul Baqi. May Allah keep Saudi Arabia safe from all these evil threats.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.