Islamic State claims responsibility for explosion at international action

The Islamic State terrorist group (IS, banned in Russia) claimed responsibility for the explosion at a non-Muslim cemetery in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The explosion occurred on November 11 during an international commemorative event marking the anniversary of the end of the First World War. The ceremony was attended by diplomats from a number of European countries. IS said in a statement that the attack was organized because of the gathering of “crusaders” – this is how terrorists call their enemies from countries with a Christian culture.

The attackers reportedly detonated a makeshift device, injuring two people, including a Greek diplomat. Local authorities called the attack a manifestation of cowardice.

On October 29, it was reported that Saudi police detained a man in Jeddah who attacked the French consulate with a knife and wounded a guard. The wounded man was hospitalized.