“Islamic State” (IS) militants have claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a mosque mainly used by Saudi’s elite counterterrorism force in Abha, in the southwest of the country.
The blast killed at least 15 people. Twelve were members of the security forces, and the remaining three were mosque workers, according to the Interior Ministry.
A statement circulating on Twitter claimed that IS had attacked a “military camp” in the region, without specifying a mosque. The statement promised more attacks in the Arabian Peninsula.
Earlier reports on Saudi television had put the death toll at 17.
Media reports said the explosion took place while worshippers were praying at the mosque in Abha, the capital of the southern province of Aseer, near the border with Yemen.
The attack is the latest in a series of bombings in Saudi Arabia, many of them targeting the Shiite minority.