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Terror plot foiled at Mecca's Grand Mosque, reports in Saudi Arabia say

Terror plot foiled at Mecca's Grand Mosque, reports in Saudi Arabia say”

The Interior Ministry confirmed that this terrorist network meant to violate the security of the Grand Mosque, the holiest place on Earth.

A suicide attempt to target worshippers at Mecca-Islam's holiest city was foiled by Saudi Police on June 23, it is reported.

The resistance movement meanwhile, said crimes committed by followers of this ideology are based on Fatwas (rulings on issues of Islamic law) of aberrance and sedition which target the entire world without distinction between an ideology, a nationality or another.

"They obeyed their evil and corrupt self-serving schemes managed from overseas whose aim is to destabilize the security and stability of this blessed country", the statement said. Interior Ministry security spokesman Mansour al-Turki said four had already been released from the hospital.

The man had refused to surrender and opened fire when officers tracked him down and found him hiding in a home in the neighbourhood of Ajyad al-Masafi, in Mecca, on Friday.

Saudi authorities have arrested around 40 people, including Saudis and Pakistanis, for alleged extremist links since July past year, when a suicide bombing near the Prophet's Mosque in Medina killed four members of its security forces.

"Iran.as always expresses its readiness to assist and cooperate with other countries to confront these criminals, who deal death and ignorantly spread hate", foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi said.

A second attack was foiled when five suspects, including one woman, were arrested during separate security operations that day, according to Saudi-owned news website Al-Arabiya.

The Grand Mosque, or the Masjid al-Haram, is the largest mosque in the world and surrounds Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba - a cube-shaped shrine that worshipers circle during the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage that brings millions of people to Mecca.

Since late 2014, Saudi Arabia has faced periodic bombings and shootings claimed by Islamic State or ISIS.

The disrupted attack comes at a sensitive time in Saudi Arabia. The others occurred in Jeddah and in the Gulf city of Qatif.

Authorities have yet to verify the identity of the attacker or the group that plotted the attack. After the incident, Saudi Arabia's security forces conducted operations in Mecca. King Salman earlier this week short-circuited the kingdom's succession by making his son, Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, first in line to the throne.

The newly appointed crown prince, 31 years old, is the architect of Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen against Shiite rebels, now stalemated.



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