Saudi Arabia accused al-Qaeda terrorists for the attack on a group of Shia Muslims while they were participating in a mourning procession marking the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam. Interior Ministry spokesman of Saudi Arabia, General Mansur al-Turki, said on Wednesday that the attackers were “followers of the deviant ideology,” a term that Saudi Arabia often uses to describe al-Qaeda. On November 3, a few masked gunmen attacked a mourning procession for Shia Imam Hussein in the village of al-Dalwah in al-Ahsa Governorate of Eastern Province, and opened fire to the people. Several Shia mourners, including children, were killed and a dozen others wounded in the terrorist attack. The assault on Shia mourners in Dalwah happens while Saudi officials themselves have zero tolerance toward anti-government protests in the country, and have harshly responded to such demonstrations. International human rights organizations have denounced Saudi Arabia for terrible human rights situation in the kingdom. They say Saudi Arabia has excessively implemented repressive measures that prevent freedom of expression, association and assembly. Activists say there are over 30,000 political prisoners in Saudi Arabia.