DAMMAM, SAUDI ARABIA- The suicide attack on a Shia Mosque in Dammam, which occurred on Friday was claimed to be thwarted by the security guards but the eye witnesses contradict the stance. According to them the two young volunteer guards should be given credit for this.
The two heroes as termed by the locals were Mohammad Hassan Ali bin Isa and Abdul Jalil Al Barsh who sacrificed their own lives to save the lives of worshipers. They were killed as they turned the bomber away from Imam Hussein Mosque.
The eye witnesses gave an account on the incident and told the media that the attacker was disguised as a woman and tried to go inside the mosque through female entrance, which was closed. Then he went to the main gate where the pair was performing duty.
According to an eye witness, Mohammad Idris, the pair pursuit the attacker. The attacker detonated the bomb in the mosque car parking which caused the death of the two volunteers.
The speculations regarding the closure of female entrance may be that after the May 22nd suicide attack, which caused the death of at least 20 people in eastern Saudi Arabia, the authorities advised the women to be away from mosque during Friday prayers due to security issues.
Abdul Jalil, who aged 25 years only, had just got married 2 years ago after returning from United States (US) where he went for studies.
The mother of one of the men was a high profile writer for the Saudi newspaper Al Jazeera.
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