ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – In a video recording, the Islamic State (IS) threatened to carry out attacks in Saudi Arabia, according to a monitoring group on Friday.
Following the insurgent group’s recent assault on Iran on Wednesday that killed at least 17 people and injured dozens more, IS has vowed to target Saudi Arabia next.
The threat appeared in a video apparently recorded before the violence in Tehran where militants seized control of the Parliament building and attacked the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini.
Five masked insurgents are seen in the video, threatening Shia’s in Iran as well as promising the Saudi Arabian government they are next.
“This brigade will be the first jihad in Iran, and we ask our brothers, the Muslims, to follow us,” one of the militants said.
“The fire that was ignited will not be put out,” he added.
Toward the end of the video, the insurgents warn Riyadh “that after Iran, your turn will come.”
“We will strike you in your own homes,” another masked militant said. “We are agents of nobody.”
IS had carried out attacks in Saudi Arabia in the past, targeting the Kingdom’s Shia population.
Tensions have escalated in the Middle East after a Saudi-led diplomatic isolation of Qatar, claiming it “supports terrorism.”
Qatar denied the accusations, and labeled the decision from its neighboring countries to cut political ties “unjustified” and with “no basis in fact.”
On Thursday, Doha warned its Gulf neighbors that its military is on “high alert” and is ready to respond to any threat to its waters.