DUBAI (Reuters) – A Saudi suicide bomber with the Islamic State (IS) group called on fellow Saudis to wage jihad and expressed hope that the group would expand into Saudi Arabia and “expel the disbelievers from the Arabian Peninsula”, the SITE monitoring service said.
It said the man, identified as Abu Hajer al-Jazrawi, had carried out a suicide bombing in August in Syria’s Raqqa, a bastion of the IS.
The video was posted on an IS Internet feed late on Wednesday.
He addressed his countrymen in an apparent call for attacks not only on the ruling family and Westerners in Saudi Arabia, but also on the kingdom’s senior Muslim clergy who have denounced the IS, Jazrawi said.
“It is time to say ‘we will expel the disbelievers from the Arabian Peninsula’. The fire begins with a small spark. That spark will ignite an explosive fire directed at the Saud Family and to their rabbis and priests.”
Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia and head of the Council of Senior Religious Scholars, Sheik Abdul-Aziz Al-Sheik, prays at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque during Aidilfitri morning prayers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in this September 9, 2010 file photo. The council issued a religious ruling on September 17, calling terrorism a “heinous crime” and saying that its supporters and perpetrators deserve punishment in accordance with Islamic law. Earlier this year Al-Sheik also branded all Islamic terrorist groups as the number one enemy of the Islamic faith – AP
He called on self-declared Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to lead the advance on the birthplace of Islam.
Saudi Arabia’s top clerical council, the only body in the country authorised to issue fatwas or Islamic legal opinions, declared on Wednesday that “terrorism is a heinous crime”, in the most comprehensive attack the kingdom’s conservative clergy have made so far on Islamic radicalism and the IS group.
The United States is seeking the help of Arab countries in combating the IS, which is accused of civilian massacres and has posted videos of the beheading of two US journalists and a British aid worker as well as Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers.
It has been carrying out airstrikes against the group in Iraq.
Riyadh has joined other Arab states in a pledge to combat militant ideology, as part of a strategy to counter the IS that has seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.
Dozens of people have been sentenced to long jail terms over the past month for security offences connected to militant attacks in the kingdom over the last decade and for efforts to join conflicts in foreign countries.
In February, King Abdullah decreed prison terms for people giving support to extremist organisations or going overseas to fight, following concerns that young Saudis with militant groups in Syria, Iraq and Yemen may eventually target their homeland.