A suicide bomber detonated a device near the security headquarters of the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia, the second-holiest site in Islam, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television reported on Monday.
The blast followed others in Qatif and Jeddah on Monday, the last day of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan and start of the Eid al-Fitra festival. Pictures circulating on social media showed dark smoke billowing from flames near the mosque.
Two other explosions were also reported. The attacks come on the eve of Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The blast is said to have occurred at sunset, when people were beginning to break their fast. Muslims believe Prophet Mohamed built the mosque himself shortly after arriving in Medina after fleeing Mecca.