Suicide bombers struck three cities across Saudi Arabia on Monday, killing at least four security officers in an apparently coordinated campaign of attacks as Saudis prepared to break their fast on the penultimate day of the holy month of Ramadan.
The explosions targeting U.S. diplomats, Shi'ite worshippers and a security headquarters at a mosque in the holy city of Medina followed days of mass killings claimed by the Islamic State group in Turkey, Bangladesh andIraq. The attacks all seem to have been timed to coincide with the approach of Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that celebrates the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
And Kuwait state media reported on Monday that it had foiled three planned attacks by Islamic State in the country, including a plot to blow up a Shi'ite mosque. Kuwait is a U.S. ally and a neighbor of Saudi Arabia and Iraq.