The EU condemned Thursday’s bombing of a mosque in Asir province of Saudi Arabia and extended its deepest condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones and its sympathy to all the injured victims.
The suicide bomb attack resulted in the death of several members of the Kingdom’s emergency forces performing afternoon prayers in the mosque.
“The EU reiterates its commitment to continue working with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, together with EU Member States, to strengthen common efforts in countering violent extremism in all its forms,” an EU spokesperson for foreign affairs told journalists.
The spokesperson, speaking on condition of anonymity, noted that the terrorist threat was precisely one of the issues discussed by the EU High
Representative Federica Mogherini and the Saudi foreign minister Adel Bin Ahmed Al-Jubair, during their recent meeting in Riyadh.
Meanwhile, members of the UN Security Council stressed after the “terrorist attack” against Saudi Arabia, that the Islamic State (IS) must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out.
In a statement issued late on Thursday, the UNSC condemned in the strongest terms the attack claimed by IS at a mosque in the headquarters of
the Special Emergency Security Forces in Asir region of Saudi Arabia, resulting in at least the death of 15 people and many other injured. The 15 member body expressed their deep sympathyand condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous act and to the Government of Saudi Arabia.
Furthermore, the Council emphasized in their statement that such continued acts of barbarism perpetrated by IS “do not intimidate them, but
rather stiffen their resolve that there has to be a common effort amongst Governments and institutions, including those in the region most affected,
to counter IS, groups that have pledged allegiance to IS, Ansar Al-Shari’a entities, and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities
associated with Al-Qaeda, as theCouncil resolved in United Nations Security Council resolutions 2170 and 2199.”