Saudi Arabia says mosque attack planner killed in shootout

January 8, 2017
 Saudi Arabia on Sunday said police killed the man who planned a July attack on one of Islam’s holiest sites, identifying him as a former scholarship student who abandoned his studies to join the IS  group in Syria.
The Interior Ministry said Taie bin Salem bin Yaslam al-Saya’ari died alongside another extremist in a shootout Saturday with officers in Riyadh, wearing a suicide bomb vest and clutching a machine gun.
It said he manufactured the suicide bomb used in the July 4 attack outside of the Medina mosque where the Prophet Muhammad is buried, an assault which killed four Saudi security force members and wounded five.
Millions of Muslims from around the world visit the mosque every year as part of their pilgrimage to Mecca.