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Saudi Arabia: Security forces foil terror plot in Makkah

24th Jun 2017
Saudi Arabia: Security forces foil terror plot in Makkah

By Ramazan Turgut

 

RIYADH (AA): A terror plot that targeted the Grand Mosque in Makkah was foiled Friday, according to interior ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki.

A security spokesman said that one of the sites was in the province of Jeddah, and the two others were in Makkah.
The first was in the neighborhood of Asilah, and the second in Ajyad Al-Masafi, located within the perimeter of the central area of the Grand Mosque, the spokesman said.

A suspect blew up himself after a gun battle with security forces during the anti-terrorist operation in Ajyad Al-Masafi neighborhood, a statement said.

A three-story building collapsed in the explosion that slightly injured five police officers and six foreign nationals who were taken to the hospital..

Five suspected terrorists, including one woman, were arrested.

Security forces raided two cell houses in Ajyad Al-Masafi and the Useyle neighborhood in Jeddah to prevent terrorist attacks, the statement said.

The investigation in Ajyad Al-Masafi and the work to identify the attacker continue, the statement added.

“These attacks, which are planned by some external forces with the aim to destroy the security and stability of the holy land, have been prevented with the will of God without reaching its goal,” the statement said.

“The Interior Ministry will continue to work diligently to ensure security and stability,” the statement added.

Qatar condemned the attack plans and supported Saudi Arabia in a written statement by the that country’s foreign ministry.

It said that the actions that could target the holy lands were an open attack on the respectability of places sacred to Islam and provoked the feelings of millions of Muslims.

Notwithstanding the political strain on its relationship with Saudi Arabia, Qatar said it would side with Saudi Arabia in all measures the kingdom would take to protect sacred places.

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states severed ties with Qatar citing Doha’s support for terrorism – a charge the Qatari government denies.

[Photo: A damaged car is seen as Saudi official inspect a scene of a foiled terrorists attack in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 23 June 2017. Photographer: Handout / Saudi Interior Ministry]

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