Saudi grand mosque escaped bombing following security operatives’ intervention


It was rather shocking to hear the news of an attempted suicide bombing at the grand mosque in mecca. Memo News Website reported from the Interior ministry that: “Saudi security forces on Friday foiled a suicide attack on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca,” as they intervened, “cornering the would-be attacker in an apartment, where he blew himself up”.

The suicide bomber whose identity remained unknown, according to the report, engaged in a fire tussle with security men -exchanging “fire with the security forces, then set off explosives when he was surrounded in a house in the central Mecca neighborhood of Ajyad al-Masafi near the mosque that had been used as the base for the attack”.

About eleven individuals including security men sustained injuries from this cornered detonation. In the narratives from Memo News Website, “the building collapsed, injuring six foreigners and five members of the security forces”.

It was also reported that early that morning, “security forces had shot dead a wanted man at another suspected Islamist militant hideout in Mecca’s al-Aseelah neighborhood.” This open target of the holy mosque has sent a message to the security operatives. There is really no time to entertain sluggishness and porous security exercise.

Meanwhile, some suspected militants of four men and one woman have been arrested by security operatives. No one is really sure who is the brain behind the attack but there are speculations under investigations.

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