A bomb has just been detonated near the Grand Mosque of Medina, or "The Prophet's Mosque" in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
A bomb exploded outside the Prophet’s Mosque in the Saudi city of Medina – one of the holiest sites in Islam – on Monday night. The bomber himself, and at least two security officers were killed in the blast.
Saudi TV news network Al-Arabiya reported that the two men were breaking their Ramadan fast, when they spotted the attacker. Monday is the last night of the holy month of Ramadan, and marks the beginning of Eid, the biggest festival in the Muslim calendar.
Multiple videos flooding social media showed charred corpses lying next to the burning husk of a car in the mosque’s car park, as police and ambulance sirens blared, and hundreds of onlookers filmed footage on their smartphones.
This Iranian state media Press TV report shows that this is a Shiia mosque. This narrows down the already short list of who may have done this.
The war between the Houthis and the Saudis is heating up and today the Saudis used American Patriot missile batteries to knock down a Houthi ballistic missile.
However the Houthis are an Iranian proxy and are Shiia Muslims.
The Islamic State are Sunni Muslims and view the Shiia as a form of apostate, guilty of shirk, or equating their saints with Allah, a capital crime in Islam.
The Islamic State also views the Saudi kingdom as corrupt as it is ruled by a kingdom rather than an Islamic Caliph, so they would have multiple reasons for hitting this mosque.
And of course, we near the end of the Islamic bombing season, Ramadan.
For a short course on the Islamic State view of Shiia Muslims, please see the following video
*** UPDATE Panic inside the mosque***