Suicide bomber killed outside US consulate in Jeddah was ‘Pakistani’: Saudi Officials

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JEDDAH: – Saudi Interior Ministry has said that the suicide bomber, who was killed in a blast outside US consulate in Jeddah, while he was being countered by two security personnel, was a Pakistani.

Officials said that the bomber was identified as Abdulah Gulzar Khan, born on 15/9/1981. He was residing in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia along with his wife and her parents for last 12 years.
Gulzar Khan was a taxi driver by his profession, the Saudi Interior Ministry officials said in a tweet posted on Monday night.
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Reacting to the Saudi claim, the Pakistani ambassador in Riyadh said: “Pakistan disowns every person who is involved in any sort of violence in Saudi Arabia.”
Later on, Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif also telephoned Saudi Defence Minister Muhammad bin Salman and strongly condemned the multiple suicide blasts in the Kingdom.
Two security personnel were injured on Monday morning, while they were encountering a suicide bomber outside US consulate in Jeddah. Only the suicide bomber was killed in the incident.
On Monday, Saudi Arabia witnessed total three suicide bombings, first outside US consulate in Jeddah, second in a mosque in Qatif and third near Masjid-i-Nabvi in Madina. Five security officials died and several injured in the blasts spree.
Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti government on Monday claimed that it had foiled at least three terror plots planned by the Islamic State militant group during pre-emptive nationwide raids, resulting in the arrest of several militants.
According to a statement issued by the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry, a Shiite mosque and a building of the ministry were among the intended targets of arrested terrorists.
KUNA news agency also broadcast the pictures of a veiled woman and five young men -the alleged terrorists arrested by the forces. A Kuwaiti national was also among the militants, who had planned to execute their plots during the Eid holidays.
The arrests came as the Middle East-based Islamic State has claimed several terrorist attacks including a cafe siege in Bangladesh and a car bomb blast in Baghdad.
Earlier in June, Iranian National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani claimed to have thwarted several IS-planned bombings in Tehran and other cities.
Iran’s state-controlled news agency ISNA quoted Shamkhani as saying that a number of terror plots could have been executed in the coming days, had the planners and their facilitators not been arrested in a series of raids across the country.

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