Car bomb explodes in eastern Saudi Arabia

 01 Jun 2017 - 18:37

Car bomb explodes in eastern Saudi Arabia


DUBAI: A car bomb exploded in Qatif city in eastern Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television reported, without giving any details on casualties.

A resident contacted by telephone said he heard a blast and saw smoke rising above an area that police had blocked off.

Saudi authorities were not immediately available for comment.

Photos sent over social media showed a body apparently completely burned being pulled from the wreckage of a car. The authenticity of the photos could not immediately be verified.

Qatif, home to a large Shi'ite population, has been a flashpoint between the government and protesters complaining of discrimination.