(MENAFN - Arab Times) An explosion damaged a car in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Monday, the Saudi Press Agency reported, an incident the Islamic State militant group said was caused by a bomb one of its members had affixed to the vehicle.
Saudi Arabia in 2014 declared Islamic State a terrorist organisation and has detained hundreds of its supporters.
The group, which controls territory in Iraq and Syria, has staged a series of attacks in the kingdom. A police spokesman said a citizen had reported that his car had been damaged by a blast on Monday while parked in front of his house in the city's Al-Azizia district, according to SPA. There were no injuries. Some nearby vehicles also were damaged.
In a statement released on the Telegram social messaging platform, Islamic State's Amaq news agency said the blast was caused by a "sticky bomb" attached to the vehicle of a member of the Saudi armed forces, the SITE monitoring service reported. On Jan 29 an attack at a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in the al-Ahsa district in Eastern Province killed four people and injured 18. It was among a string of attacks claimed by the Sunni Muslim jihadists that killed around 50 Saudis in the past year. Police in Saudi Arabia say the explosion damaged cars in the capital, Riyadh, but did not wound anyone.