RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- A suicide bomber killed at least 13 people Thursday in a mosque in southwestern Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen.
Ten of the casualties in the explosion at the Asir region mosque, owned by the Saudi military's special emergency force, were security personnel; nine others were injured, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported. Pieces of a bomb-laden suicide belt were found in the destroyed mosque, but no reports of responsibility for the attack were made. It is the most recent in a number of attacks within Saudi Arabia as a Saudi-led coalition escalates its four-month-long conflict against rebel forces in Yemen; a major assault in Yemen began in July, preceded by heavy aerial bombardment beginning in March.
The special emergency force is a part of the country's Interior Ministry, and is trained to react to riot control, police actions and similar situations.