Najib condemns terror attacks in Saudi Arabia


KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Razak today strongly condemned the terror attacks that targeted Jeddah, a mosque in Qatif, and a security checkpoint near Prophet Muhammad’s Mosque in Madinah.

“This morning, I am again shocked to receive alerts on bombings rocking three cities across Saudi Arabia.

“We condemn such vile acts, which happened especially within the Prophet’s Mosque vicinity in the holy city of Madinah, and this is not Islam,” he said in his Twitter account.

The Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry said in a statement that the attack took place as the people were about to break their Ramadan fast for the day.

The attack at the Nabawi Mosque was the third in Saudi Arabia yesterday.

Two other attacks occurred elsewhere, one near the United States consulate in Jeddah and the other at a Syiah settlement in Qatif, which claimed the lives of four security officers and injured five others.

The Malaysian Foreign Ministry said no Malaysians were affected by the attacks.

Meanwhile, Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) will continue to monitor the situation and stay in touch with the Malaysian Embassy and Saudi Arabian Government to ensure the safety aspects of pilgrims during the Haj pilgrimage this year.

TH said the measures were necessary after four Saudi security personnel were killed and five others wounded in a suicide bombing incident outside one of Islam’s holiest sites, the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, yesterday.

TH in a statement said such incidents do not reflect the teachings of Islam.

“Information on the safety aspects would be briefed by TH to all pilgrims from Malaysia before they head to Makkah to perform the Haj,” said TH.

The statement said all Muslims must unite and offer their support to the Saudi Government to ensure such terror attacks do not recur.

“TH remains confident that the Saudi Government will direct all agencies involved in security to increase surveillance and monitoring to overcome threats posed by terrorists.

TH said it is saddened by the attacks and that nobody should take advantage of the situation for their own benefit.