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Saudi king vows to punish those behind ISIS-claimed mosque attack
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s king on Sunday vowed to punish those responsible for a rare suicide bombing that killed 21 people at a Shiite mosque in the country’s east, calling it a “heinous terrorist attack” that runs against Islamic and human values.
King Salman made the pledge hours after the Interior Ministry confirmed that Friday’s attack in the village of al-Qudeeh in the eastern Qatif region was the work of an Islamic State militant, backing up an earlier claim of responsibility by the group.
“Every participant, planner, supporter, collaborator or sympathizer with this heinous crime will be held accountable, tried and punished,” King Salman said in a message addressed to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who is deputy premier and minister of interior. “Our efforts will never stop … fighting the deviant thought, confronting the terrorists and wiping out their hotbeds.”