Saudi security forces prevented a potential suicidal attack which was aimed to disrupt the holiest Mecca Grand Mosque on Friday.
As the holy month of Ramadan ends, millions of Muslims from all over the world gather at Mecca to visit the Grand Mosque which is the holiest place on the Earth for Islam followers. Tightly safeguarded by heavy security, the Grand Mosque is surely not an easily impermeable place and it is once again justified with the incident of Friday. A suicidal bomber who blew himself up near the Grand Mosque when he saw security personnel approaching. The police had engaged in shootout at the three-storey house where the bomber was hiding and he later blew the bomb killing himself and collapsing the building.
There was no other casualty but according to the Internal Ministry, six foreigners were injured and are under medical treatment, and also five security personnel were affected with minor injuries. This was declared to be an imminent terrorist attack which was intended to cause mass disruption in the holiest Mosque, but was successfully prevented. After the bomb blast, five people including a woman, who are suspected for the involvement in the malevolent plot were arrest.
Also, a prompt raid was launched in Jeddah province which is the capital of the country as well as two areas in Mecca itself, including the Ajyad Al-Masafi neighborhood, located near the Grand Mosque. As the raid was launched, over 1 million Muslim faithful prayed at the Grand Mosque despite potential terror overhauling. The King of Saudi Arabia, King Salman is known as the custodian of the two holy mosques including the Grand Mosque of Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, and he is devoted to do whatever that is needed to safeguard the holy places.