Saudi Arabia on Tuesday identified the suicide bomber who struck outside one of Islam’s holiest sites in Medina as a Pakistani resident. The bomber, who was killed in the explosion, targeted security officers. The suicide bombing on Monday outside the sprawling mosque grounds where the Prophet Muhammad is buried killed four Saudi security troops and wounded five.
Here is what we know about the bomber:
The Saudi Interior Ministry said on Tuesday that 35-year-old Abdullah Gulzar Khan, who worked as a driver in the kingdom, was a Pakistani citizen who had been living with his wife and her parents in Jeddah for 12 years.
There was no immediate comment from Islamabad. There are around 9 million foreigners living in Saudi Arabia, which has a total population of 30 million.
Among all foreigners living in the kingdom, Pakistanis represent one of the largest groups.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif on Tuesday called Saudi Defence Minister Prince Muhammad bin Salman over the phone to condem the terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia and show solidarity.
These follow the dramatic attacks last week in Turkey, Bangladesh, Yemen and Iraq, that killed several people.
(With inputs from Agencies)