SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Saudi Arabia says suspected militants who attacked Shia worshippers earlier this month were linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS (Da’esh), in the first acknowledgment of a domestic attack by the Sunni jihadi group. The official news agency named four Saudis arrested on suspicion of carrying out the apparently sectarian attack that killed seven and wounded 13 in al-Dalwa in the kingdom’s oil-rich eastern province.
The cell, which is said to have taken orders from ISIS, was part of a broader network of 77 nationals and foreign residents, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Most of the attackers had already served sentences in Saudi Arabia for previous extremist-related activities, the report said.
Their links to ISIS, discovered during the security forces’ investigation into the apparently sectarian attack, underline fears that the extremist Sunni jihadi ideals of ISIS would spill over into the kingdom.