Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry on Tuesday identified one of the bombers, from three separate suicide bombings which had rocked the country, as a Pakistani national.
Abdullah Gulzar Khan blew himself up on Monday near the American Consulate in Jeddah. Khan had moved to the Gulf state 12 years ago and was living with his wife and in-laws in Jeddah while working as a driver, according to a report in The News.
CNN reported that the 34-year-old suicide bomber blew himself up with an explosive laden belt. The Saudi police had suspected a man roaming around in a parking lot of a major hospital. When the security personnel tried to nab him, he detonated the belt .
The Interior Ministry further confirmed that the belt did not explode completely and hence they were able to identify the bomber.
These three separate incidents of suicide bombing follow what has been a week of Islamic State attacks in various Islamic republics. According to Tim Listner, a CNN expert on Middle East affairs, these suicide attacks fit the Islamic State's modus operandi as they view the monarchy of the Gulf state as having betrayed Islam.
While Khan has been identified, identity of two other attackers are yet to be established. Apart from Jeddah, attacks happened in Qatif in eastern Saudi Arabia and more importantly in Medina, considered one of the most holiest of cities in the Islamic world. While no casualties were reported in the first two attacks, four people were killed along with another person who was injured in the Medina attack.