Jeddah: The Saudi Interior Ministry in a statement released on Thursday said that the sucide bomber who blew himself up near the Prophet's Mosque - Masjide Nabavi, was a Saudi national and drug addict.
The ministry said 26-year-old Nayer Musallam Hammad Al-Nijeidi Al-Bluwi, a Saudi, carried out Monday’s attack near the Prophet's Mosque, adding that he had a history of drug abuse, according to the Interior Ministry statement on the Saudi Press Agency.
The Interior Ministry also said that on July 4 (Ramadan 29) the security men suspected a man who was walking towards the Prophet’s Mosque across an open area that is used as a car park for visitors. When they intercepted him, he blew himself up with an explosive vest he was wearing.
"This resulted in the martyrdom of the four security men", it said.
The four security men are identified as Muhammad Bin Mutad Hilal Al-Muwallad, Hani Bin Salim Saleem Al-Subhi, Abdulmajeed Bin Abdullah Owdah Al-Harbi and Abdulrahman Bin Naji Saleem Al-Jihani.
The perpetrators of the terrorist blast in Qatif were identified as Abdulrahman Saleh Muhammad Al-Imir (23), who was detained in 2013 for participating in riots calling for the release of detainees being held for their involvement in terror cases.
The second terrorist was identified as Ibrahim Saleh Muhammad Al-Imir (20) and the third was identified as Abdulkareem Ibrahim Muhammad Al-Hasani, 20.
"All the three have not obtained Saudi national identity cards", the ministry said.
The ministry said investigations have led to the arrest of 19 suspects, including 12 Pakistani nationals and 7 Saudis, involved in the attacks in Madinah, Qatif and Jeddah.