2016 Jeddah suicide bomber was Indian, confirms Saudi Arabia

Still frame taken from video shows security personnel in front of a mosque as police stage a second controlled explosion, after a suicide bomber was killed and two other people wounded in a blast near the U.S. consulate in JeddahThe bomber behind the failed 2016 suicide attack outside the US embassy in Jeddah was an Indian national, confirms Saudia Arabia after conducting DNA test.

According to Saudi Arabia, the bomber was Fayaz Kagzi, an Indian national and an alleged operative of the Lashkar-e-Taiba. Earlier, Saudi authorities identified him as Abdullah Qalzar Khan, a Pakistani national who had blown himself in a foiled suicide attack.

The Jeddah blast took place on July 4, 2016. It was the first of three attacks to hit Saudi Arabia that day. The other two attacks were Shia mosque in Qatif and Masjid-i-Nabvi in Medina.

According to reports, Kagzi fled to Pakistan via Bangladesh in 2006. In 2009, he shifted his base to Saudi Arabia.

On 4 July, 2016, the attacker detonated his suicide vest near the parking lot of a hospital, opposite the consulate building, when security guards approached him. The attacker died and two security men were wounded with minor injuries, according to the statement published by the State-run Saudi Press Agency.