Saudi security forces on Friday foiled a terror plot to target the Grand Mosque in Makkah, the security spokesperson of the Kingdom’s interior ministry said.
According to security forces, the bid to target worshippers at the mosque was planned by three terrorist groups, two of which were based in Makkah and a one based in Jeddah.
The first terror plot was foiled in the Assila district of Makkah, while the second was thwarted in Ajyad al Masafi neighbourhood.
Al Arabiya news reported that a suicide bomber, who was hiding in a house in the Ajyad neighborhood, had opened indiscriminate fire on security officials, after he was asked to comply with calls to turn himself in. The suicide bomber later blew himself up after the forces tried to arrest him. Five members of the security forces were injured in the blast.
Security forces also arrested five suspects, including a woman, who are currently being interrogated.
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