22-09-2021 12:10 AM Jerusalem Timing

CIA Says Saudi Attacks Bear ISIL "Hallmark"

CIA Says Saudi Attacks Bear ISIL

CIA director John Brennan said Wednesday that three bomb attacks which struck Saudi Arabia last week bore the "hallmark" of the Takfiri ISIL group.

CIA director John Brennan said Wednesday that three bomb attacks which struck Saudi Arabia last week bore the "hallmark" of the Takfiri ISIL group.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks but observers quickly noted that the methods used resembled those of the Takfiri organization.US intelligence chief John Brennan

Seven people are believed to have been killed and two wounded in the Medina attacks, at a Shiite mosque in Qatif and in western Jeddah, the economic capital, not far from the US consulate.

"Those three attacks were, I think, the work of ISIL," Brennan said at an event at a Washington think tank, using the US government's preferred abbreviation for the Islamic State group.

"ISIL presents a very, very serious threat not just to Europe and the United States... but inside of Saudi Arabia," he told an audience at the Brookings Institution.

Several days after the attacks, the Saudi interior ministry announced the arrests of 19 suspects, including 12 Pakistanis.