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King Salman warns Saudi youths of dangers of radicalization

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has warned his country of the dangers of religious radicalization a day after a series of terrorist attacks target the kingdom.

In a speech marking the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, Salman warned the youths of his nation against "the dangers that lie in wait, notably extremism."   

He noted that Riyadh “is determined to strike with an iron fist all those who want to harm the spirit and orientation of our youth."   

On Monday, the Saudi Arabian cites of Medina, Qatif, and Jeddah were targeted in a series of attacks. Several security guards were killed when a terrorist detonated his explosives near the security headquarters of the Prophet's Mosque in the western city of Medina.  

This photo shows the aftermath of a bomb blast hitting near the security headquarters at the Prophet’s Mosque in western Saudi Arabian city of Medina.

The blast happened immediately after two bomb blasts near a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia’s eastern city of Qatif. Earlier in the day, a bomb went off close to the United States consulate in the city of Jeddah, in western Saudi Arabia.

Also on Tuesday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein referred to the Medina bombing as "an attack on Islam itself."

 "This is one of the holiest sites in Islam, and for such an attack to take place there, during Ramadan, can be considered a direct attack on Muslims all across the world," he added.

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