Egypt strongly condemns 'vile' attempt to attack Grand Mosque in Mecca

Claudine Rigal
Juin 26, 2017

Saudi security forces said Saturday they disrupted a plot to attack the Grand Mosque at Makkah, home to the holiest site in Islam, just as Ramazan concludes.

The Saudi Ministry of the Interior said it launched a raid around Jiddah, as well as two areas in Mecca, including the Ajyad al-Masafi neighborhood near the mosque.

The bomber was killed while six foreigners and five security forces were wounded in the blast, the ministry said in a statement.

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. Fortunately, the attack was thwarted by security forces, which probably would've caused deadly havoc in the city.

Most of the targets in Saudi Arabia have been the Shiite minority and security forces, killing dozens of people.

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan condemned the attempted attack and said his country stood with Saudi Arabia in combating terrorism.

Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani said the government condemns the attack that targeted the mosque in the last days of the fasting month of Ramadan, which was foiled by Saudi security personnel.

Near the end of Ramadan a year ago in the Saudi city of Medina, four people died in an explosion close to Islam's second-holiest site, the Prophet's Mosque.

Iraq condemned the failed terrorist attempt and affirmed its solidarity with the Kingdom Saudi Arabia in confronting terrorist groups that target its security and stability.

He then denounced the Saudis' move to arrest three Iranians in connection with the blast and said this is part of Riyadh's evil plan to embroil Iran into the attack.

Saudi Arabia's counter-terrorism capabilities - which for years were led by Prince Mohammed bin Nayef - are well-regarded internationally.

Momani, who is also the government spokesperson, reiterated Jordan's call for united worldwide efforts to fight terrorists and terror organizations.

Pakistanis also expressed their sentiments and disgust on twitter.

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