In a breaking news right from Mecca, Saudi Arabia Foil Suicide Attack had been attempted at Mecca’s Grand Mosque. Six foreign pilgrims were hurt in this attack. It was attempted by a suicide bomber targeting Islam’s holiest site of Mecca blew himself up, as per the reports.
The incident took place around the Grand Mosque, where hundreds of thousands of worshippers gathered for early afternoon prayers on the last Friday of this year’s Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month. General Mansour al-Turki, the ministry spokesman told Saudi television that,
“Police foiled the terrorist plan that targeted the security of the Grand Mosque, pilgrims and worshippers”.
Police officials said 5 suspects have been arrested in this case including a woman. In the raids conducted at Mecca and the Red Sea city of Jeddah. Mr. Turki further added,
“Unfortunately he started shooting towards security personnel once he noticed their presence in the area, which led to an exchange of fire before he blew himself up. The blast partially collapsed the building where he had taken refuge, injuring the six pilgrims.”
Saudi Arabia has faced periodic bombings and shootings since 2014 as claimed by the Islamic State. The images on the Internet that were uploaded right after the attack on social media showed an alley filled with bricks and other debris apparently from a blast.
The video showed what appeared to be a bearded man’s head lying among rubble from a collapsed structure.