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In this July 4, 2016, TV grab from footage released by Al-Ekhbariya, Saudi security forces investigate the scene of an explosion in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A suicide bomber carried out an attack early Monday near an American diplomatic site in the western Saudi city of Jeddah, according to the Interior Ministry. (Al-Ekhbariya via AP)

Bloomberg — A suicide bomber blew himself up near the U.S. consulate in Saudi Arabia’s main commercial hub and Kuwait bolstered security at oil installations, amid a wave of terrorist attackes that killed dozens in the Middle East and beyond over the past two weeks.

  It wasn’t clear whether the U.S. mission in Jeddah was the target. Two security guards were slightly wounded in the explosion early Monday at a hospital parking lot near the consulate, local media reported. Major General Mansour Al-Turki, a Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman, told Al Arabiya television the attacker was a foreigner working in the kingdom. The area had other potential targets, including a mosque, he said.

In Kuwait, authorities said they arrested six people after foiling an Islamic State plot.

The Saudi blast follows a string of attacks in Iraq, Bangladesh and Turkey as Islamic State’s losses mount in Syria, Iraq and Libya. Last month, Iraqi forces retook the city of Fallujah, setting the stage for an offensive on Mosul, Islamic State’s main stronghold in OPEC’s second-biggest producer.

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