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Bomber Dies in Explosion Near U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

by Alex Johnson /  / Updated 
IMAGE: Attack on U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Police respond to the scene of an apparent suicide attack on the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The apparent attacker was the only casualty. Two officers were injured.U.S. State Department

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An apparent suicide bomber died and two security officers were injured in an attack Monday morning near the U.S. consulate in the coastal Saudi city of Jeddah, apparently timed to coincide with July 4th celebrations, the State Department confirmed.

Authorities conducted controlled detonations of remnants of the bomb near the consulate, which was closed prior to the attack through next Monday for the Independence Day holiday. All State Department personnel personnel were accounted for, officials said.

The State Department Overseas Security Advisory Council confirmed the details on Twitter.

Five staff members and four security personnel were killed in an attack on the same consulate in December 2004. Three of the five attackers were also killed.

Related: Militant to Be Executed, Body Put on Public Display in 2004 Consulate Attack

Separately, Kuwait said Sunday that it had carried out three "pre-emptive" operations that foiled "several" ISIS attacks, including an attempt to blow up a Shiite mosque and an Interior Ministry building.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement carried by the state news agency KUNA that several ISIS members were arrested. The statement didn't say when the arrests took place.KUNA reported that one of those arrested, an 17- or 18-year-old man, said he had sworn allegiance to ISIS and had provided detailed information about plans to carry out attacks timed to the end of the holy month of Ramadan or during the first days of the Eid al-Fitr festival, which is expected to start Wednesday.

Three people — a man, his wife and his mpother — were arrested in the second operation, which the Interior Ministry said involved programs train women and children in psychological and violent terrorism.

And three members of an ISIS cell were also arrested in an unspecified plot after they were found to be hiding machine guns, ammunition and an ISIS flag, KUNA reported.

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