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Suicide bombings in three Saudi Arabia cities leave six people dead, holy sites targeted

A Shi'ite mosque in Qatif, the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, as well as the US Consulate in Jeddah were attacked.

A series of suicide bombings hit three cities across Saudi Arabia on Monday, killing six people. At least four security officers were among those killed in the blasts, believed to be a coordinated effort, reported Reuters.

The first explosion took place near the United States Consulate in Jeddah. The suicide bomber was killed and two others were wounded. The next blast was near a Shi'ite mosque in Qatif, where two people, other than the suicide bomber, died. The third attack took place at a parking lot outside the Prophet's mosque in Medina, which left the bomber and four security officials dead and five other officers injured. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks yet.

According to Reuters, security officials noticed a suspicious person in the vicinity of the Prophet's mosque in Media before the attack. He blew himself up with a belt of explosives as they confronted him. The mosque is the burial place of Prophet Muhammad and Medina is considered one of Islam's holiest cities after Mecca.

Authorities identified the bomber at the US Consulate as Abdullah Qalzar Khan, a 34-year-old Pakistani driver who lived with his wife and family in the city. An official of the US State Department confirmed that no American citizens or consulate staff were hurt in the blast.

A top Saudi clerical body has condemned the attacks. "They are renegades from the [true] religion who have left behind the Muslim flock and their imam, violating all sanctities. They have no religion," the Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars said in a statement.

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Accounts from Vikas Dimri’s second attempt reveal the immense fortitude and strength needed to summit the Everest.

Vikas Dimri made a huge attempt last year to climb the Mount Everest. Fate had other plans. Thwarted by unfavourable weather at the last minute, he came so close and yet not close enough to say he was at the top. But that did not deter him. Vikas is back on the Everest trail now, and this time he’s sharing his experiences at every leg of the journey.

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Back in the Himalayas, after a string of sleepless nights, Vikas and his team ascended to Camp 2 (6,500m) as planned, and then descended to Base Camp for the basic luxuries - hot shower, hot lunch and essential supplements. Back up at Camp 2, the weather played spoiler again as a jet stream - a fast-flowing, narrow air current - moved right over the mountain. Wisdom from the mountains helped Vikas maintain perspective as they were required to descend 15km to Pheriche Valley. He accepted that “strength lies not merely in chasing the big dream, but also in...accepting that things could go wrong.”

At Camp 4 (8,000m), famously known as the death zone, Vikas caught a clear glimpse of the summit – his dream standing rather tall in front of him.

It was the 18th of May 2018 and Vikas finally reached the top. The top of his Everest…the top of Mount Everest!

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