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Tuesday, 5 July 2016


Muslim world unites to condemn deadly attack near Prophet Muhammad's tomb in Saudi Arabia's Medina.

Monday's blast struck before sunset prayers when people were breaking their fast inside the mosque.

The Muslim world has united to condemn a deadly attack at one of Islam's holiest sites - the Prophet's Mosque in the Saudi city of Medina.

Setting aside differences, world leaders, politicians, groups and activists expressed their outrage on Tuesday, a day after a suicide bomber killed at least four guards within striking distance of the Prophet Muhammad's tomb.

Saudi Arabia: Bombings target Medina and Qatif mosques

The blast followed two more attacks, in Jeddah and Qatif, also on Monday.

A spokesman for Saudi Arabia's interior ministry described the triple bombings as "despicable acts that did not respect the sanctity of place, time and innocent people".

Here are some of the reactions from around the world following the suicide attacks.

Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, condemned the bombing in Medina and called for Muslim unity. 

There are no more red lines left for terrorists to cross. Sunnis, Shiites will both remain victims unless we stand united as one. #Medina

Joko Widodo, the president of Indonesia, said "terror cannot be justified" and urged the public to remain calm but alert.

Najib Razak, the Malaysian prime minister, also denounced the attack near the mosque where Prophet Muhammad is buried.

This morning, I am again shocked to receive alerts on bombings rocking three cities across Saudi Arabia.

We condemn such vile acts happened especially within the Prophet's Mosque's vicinity in the holy city of Medina & this is not Islam.

Pakistan's foreign ministry condemned the attacks, while its army chief telephoned Saudi Defence Minister Prince Muhammad bin Salman to express his support. 

"We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our Saudi brothers in fighting the menace of terrorism," General Raheel said.

Melvut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister, sent his condolences.

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