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Four killed in suicide bombing at Saudi holy site

The attack happened outside the mosque grounds where the Prophet Muhammad is buried. Credit: PA

A suicide bombing outside one of Islam's holiest sites has killed four Saudi security officers and wounded five others.

Similar attacks on Monday targeting US diplomats in Jeddah and Shi'ite worshippers in Qatif followed days of mass killings claimed by the Islamic State group in Turkey, Bangladesh and Iraq.

The attack happened outside the mosque grounds where the Prophet Muhammad is buried in Medina. Millions of Muslims from around the world visit the mosque every year as part of their pilgrimage to Mecca.

The attacks appear to have been timed to coincide with the approach of Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that celebrates the end of the Islamic holy month.

Suicide attack near US consulate in Jeddah

The attack happened near a mosque in Jeddah on Monday morning. Credit: RTV

A suicide bomber was killed and two others wounded in a blast outside the US consulate in Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah early on Monday, state TV said.

The attacker reportedly parked his car outside a mosque opposite the consulate before detonating his device, killing him and lightly wounding two security men nearby.

The US State Department said it is working with Saudi authorities to collect more information.

The spokesman confirmed that "all personnel under chief of mission authority are accounted for at this time".

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