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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What was the exact location of the Blast?
The suicide attacker blew himself in the Parking of Masjid al Nabawi towards Jannat ul Baqi.
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
04-07-16: 4 security officials were martyred stopping the suicide bomber to enter Masjid al Nabawi. Here are 3 videos of the attack.