A handout photo released by SPA on January 6, 2015 shows a cleric and mourners praying in the holy mosque in Mecca during the funeral of 3 Saudi guards who were killed in a rare attack and another two bodies of people who died in other circumstances
A handout photo released by SPA on January 6, 2015 shows a cleric and mourners praying in the holy mosque in Mecca during the funeral of 3 Saudi guards who were killed in a rare attack and another two bodies of people who died in other circumstances © - SPA /HO/AFP/File
A handout photo released by SPA on January 6, 2015 shows a cleric and mourners praying in the holy mosque in Mecca during the funeral of 3 Saudi guards who were killed in a rare attack and another two bodies of people who died in other circumstances
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Last updated: January 12, 2015

Saudi named as Iraq border suicide bomber

A suicide bomber who carried out an attack on Saudi Arabia's border with Iraq that killed three guards was a national of the kingdom, the interior ministry said Sunday.

Three other assailants who died in the January 5 attack have already been identified as Saudis.

The fourth attacker was "killed during an exchange of fire by the suicide belt that he was wearing. His name is Salim Mohammed Faheed al-Shamry," the ministry said, quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency.

The four were killed while "trying to infiltrate" the border, where guards confronted them, SPA said.

No group has claimed responsibility, but Saudi Arabia is among Arab countries taking part in US-led air strikes against the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria.

In details released earlier, the interior ministry said two attackers were shot dead and two detonated belts of explosives when the border patrol in the northern Arar region came under fire.

Among the three border guards killed was General Odah al-Balawi, a senior commander.

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