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Saudi Official: Four Security Officers Killed in Suicide Bombing Near Islam Holy Site

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Interior Ministry says four security officers killed, five wounded in suicide bombing outside Islamic holy site in Medina.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (TheBlaze/AP) — State-linked Saudi news websites say an explosion has gone off outside one of Islam's holiest sites in the city of Medina, the same day that two suicide bombers struck different cities in Saudi Arabia.

Sabq news site reported that the explosion took place Monday evening. Other sites showed images of what appeared to be a fire outside one of the buildings overlooking the Prophet's Mosque. It was not immediately clear if anyone was killed or wounded.

The sprawling mosque where the Prophet Muhammad is buried is visited by millions of Muslims from around the world each year during pilgrimages to Mecca. The area would have been teeming with pilgrims for prayer during the final days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends this week.

The Interior Ministry could not be immediately reached for comment.

The explosion in Medina came on the same day as two more in the Saudi Arabian city of Qatif, NBC News reported.

The attacks also came just one day after a suicide bomber hit near the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as TheBlaze reported earlier.

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