It is coming up to Ramadan. According to Islamic teachings attacks are meant to take place after the Holy month, to rid a region of its infidels.
Westerners face possible attack from unidentified extremists in the central province of al-Qassim, the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia said today.
'We have received credible information that an unidentified extremist (s) in Saudi Arabia may be planning to attack Westerners working and living in al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia,' the embassy said in a statement posted on its website.
'The timing and method of potential attacks are currently unknown,' said the statement dated August 4, urging U.S. citizens to 'exercise prudence and enhanced security awareness at all times'.
Qassim is among the most conservative regions in the kingdom. The key U.S. ally is ruled by the Al Saud family in alliance with clerics from the austere Wahhabi school of Islam.
A Saudi foreign ministry spokesman declined to comment on the alleged threat by saying the statement 'concerns only the U.S. embassy'.
'The kingdom continues its effort to confront terrorism and terrorist operations. Thanks to God, the kingdom has achieved and still achieves great successes in this endeavour,' Osama al-Noghali said.