Saudi prince injured in suicide bombing


A Saudi prince was lightly wounded when a suicide bomber detonated explosives in a cell phone during an assassination attempt late Thursday, TV reports said.

Deputy interior minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef was about to join a gathering of well-wishers for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan when the incident occurred. He suffered minor injuries after a wanted militant blew himself up in the western city of Jeddah.

Nobody else was seriously hurt.

While no organization immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, officials said al-Qaida was under suspicion. This was the first known assassination attempt against a member of the royal family since Saudi Arabia began its operation against militants eight years ago.

Prince Mohammed is the son of Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdelaziz, who is third in line to the throne.