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 every detail.
When this incident took place?
The incident occurred just at the time of Maghrib prayer when Muslims worldwide were breaking their fast.
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.
He was heading towards his target. Normally, Iftar time is considered peaceful as even security officials remain busy breaking their fast after all day’s fasting. I think the suicide attacker wanted to take benefit of this time.
How was the Suicide Attacker detected and stopped?
Security men suspected a man walking towards the Prophet’s Mosque across an open area used as a visitor parking lot. 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.
Was this the only attack in Saudi Arabia that day?
No, three different cities in Saudi Arabia were attacked on the same day of 4th July 2016.
- The first attack was around 2 am when a Pakistani national blew himself up near U.S. Consulate in Jeddah.
- The 2nd attack occurred in Qatif, where two suicide bombers blew themselves up one after another outside the Faraj Al-Omran Mosque.
- The 3rd attack targeted the Grand Mosque in Madina.
How strong was the blast?
People who were present in the Masjid al Nabawi to break their fast heard a strong voice blast. They felt as if the land is shaking. It was the most horrible sound for many of them who were present there.
What was the exact location of the Blast?
The suicide attacker blew himself up in the Parking of Masjid al Nabawi towards Jannat ul Baqi.
Who is responsible for this attack?
Arab News has reported that 46 suspects in the Madina blast have been arrested so far. Of the 46 arrested, 32 are Saudi, and 14 are Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, and Sudan nationals. – Arab News
One of the two terrorists killed in the 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: There is a video taken from a hotel window where you can easily see the burning cars and the exact place where the incident occurred.
Video 2: 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.