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Saudi attacks leave country in state of alert

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>> Saudi Arabia's royals visiting the wounded, one day after a series of coordinated bomb blasts killed at least four and left many injured. The attacks on Medina, the second holiest site in Islam, were unprecedented. And an attack apparently targeting foreigners in Saudi Arabia hasn't happened in years. Reuters Angus McDowell is in the capital Riyadh.
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>> The attacks looked coordinated. The first struck in the early hours of Monday, just opposite the American consulate in Jeddah. Two policemen approached the bomber in the car park. He detonated his device, killing himself and wounding them. Then, on Monday evening, just as the sun set and Muslims broke their fast on the penultimate day of Islam's fasting month of Ramadan, two more attacks.
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One in Qatif, just outside a mosque, body parts of three people were found on the ground. But the most shocking of the attacks, at the same time as the one in Qatif, struck just outside the Prophet's Mosque in Medina. The mosque where Islam's Prophet Mohammed lies buried. Analysts have pointed at Islamic State as the group most likely to have carried out the attacks.
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They bear the hallmarks of those already done by its sympathizers inside Saudi Arabia, but it has not yet claimed responsibility. Still, the targeting of an American diplomatic mission, of security forces, and of minority Shiites in this mostly Sunni country, matches exactly, the targets that have most propelled Islamic State supporters in their attacks in Saudi Arabia so far.