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Man blew himself up, several other injured just as Ramadan ends in Mecca

Man blew himself up, several other injured just as Ramadan ends in Mecca

Man blew himself up, several other injured just as Ramadan ends in Mecca

Man blew himself up, several other injured just as Ramadan ends in Mecca

-Odunayo Ajani

Man blew himself up, several other injured just as Ramadan ends in Mecca
Man blew himself up, several other injured just as Ramadan ends in Mecca

A man, a suicide bomber has blown himself up in Saudi Arabia exactly at the Grand Mosque as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends, Saudi security forces said Saturday.

The Minister of Interior has said a raid was launched around Jeddah and also as two areas in Mecca itself including places like Ajyad Al-Masafi which is located near The ground Mosque.

Near the Grand Mosque, the police have engaged in a gun battle with a suicide bomber at a three-storey building who eventually blew himself up, causing the building to collapse and injuring six foreigners and members of the security forces who were five in number.

According to a statement made by the interior minister, a woman and five men were said to have been arrested.

Footage of the raid was aired on Saudi state Television, showing the rescue personnel and the police running through the narrow street in the neighbourhood. The footage showed that the bomb blast destroyed a building causing its walls to crush a parked car.

The Ministry of Interior said the thwarted “terrorist plan” would have violated “all sanctities by targeting the security of the Grand Mosque, the holiest place on Earth.”

“They obeyed their evil and corrupt self-serving schemes managed from abroad whose aim is to destabilize the security and stability of this blessed country,” He said.

 

The name of the sect involved in the bombing was not released but it’s been reported that the ultraconservative Sunni kingdom battled an al-Qaida insurgency for years and more recently has faced attacks from a local branch of the Islamic State group.

But none of the group Neither group has claimed involvement in the bombing, though Islamic State sympathizers online have urged more attacks as an offensive in Iraq slowly squeezes the extremists out of Mosul and their de facto capital of Raqqa in Syria comes under daily bombing from a U.S.-led coalition.

Earlier this week, King Salman short-circuited the kingdom’s succession by making his son, Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, first in line to the throne.

The 31-year-old who was newly appointed crown prince is the architect of Saudi Arabia’s stalemated war in Yemen against Shiite rebels. He also has offered aggressive comments about the kingdom confronting Shiite power Iran.

On Saturday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry condemned the Mecca plot and said it remains willing to work with other countries in confronting terrorism.

Due to Qatar’s tie with Iran and their heavy support of terrorism, Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries have cut diplomatic ties with them.

As the Ministry of Interior announced the raid, over 1 million Muslim faithful prayed at the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina to mark the end of Ramadan. Also in July 2016, a suicide bombing there killed four members of Saudi Arabia’s security forces.

 

The burial site of the Prophet Muhammad has been a tourist attraction every year as Millions of Muslims from around the world visit the mosque as part of their pilgrimage.

The Grand Mosque has been the target of militants before, in part because it represents a symbol of the ruling Al Saud family’s clout in the Islamic world. The Saudi monarch bears the title of “custodian of the two holy mosques.”

History In 1979 confirmed that some 250 militants seized the mosque and held it for two weeks as they demanded the royal family abdicate the throne. The confrontation then led to Saudi troops storming the mosque. The official death toll was 229, including some extremists and Saudi Soldiers.

 

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