Two terror networks in Makkah and a third in Jeddah were stopped from carrying out a terrorist attack against Islam’s holiest mosque.
A wanted ISIS suspect was being perused by Saudi Authorities in Makkah when he blew himself up before being captured.
Many took to twitter about the incident:
— Hasan Sari (@HasanSari7) June 23, 2017
— Omar Mohamed (@oomarGCC) June 23, 2017
— michal beit halachmi (@clarinetwoman2) June 23, 2017
Saudi security forces shot dead a wanted man in Makkah on Friday and arrested several others.
The gunmen, who are wanted for terrorism, exchanged fire with the security forces who surrounded one of the buildings in the al-Aseelah neighborhood in Mecca where the militants were hiding.
A man, who was planning attacks in the kingdom, blew himself up in the middle of clashes with security forces in a crowded neighborhood, the Saudi official said.
Security forces arrested five suspects who were wanted for terrorism, including a woman, after they exchanged gunfire, the Saudi official said. The suspects were being interrogated.
The building collapsed, injuring 11 people including six expatriates, as well as five security forces, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said. Five other suspected militants have been taken into custody, officials say.
Men can be seen attending to security forces who were injured during the incident.
— محمد الزهراني🇸🇦 (@ittifc_ma) June 23, 2017
The suspects were hiding in two old residential areas near the Grand Mosque of Mecca, the Saudi official said.
Gunfire in the area can be heard here:
— Rami (@RamiAILoIah) June 23, 2017
It is believed the gunfire was mere meters away from the Mosque itself in Ajyad. But these reports are yet to be confirmed.
The first operation was foiled in Makkah in Assila district, while the second was thwarted in Ajyad Al Masafi neighbourhood.
The suicide bomber who was hiding in a house in the Ajyad neighborhood meters away from Islam’s holiest site The ‘Masjid Al Haram’ mosque. He opened fire on security forces and refused to comply with calls to turn himself in. He then blew himself up.
Gory footage shows the head of the suicide bomber’s laying in rubble.
— Sheikh Mhmd Dudha (@MuhammadDudha) June 23, 2017
There has been a heavy police presence since the thwarted attack.
— The Intel Crab (@IntelCrab) June 23, 2017
— Manish Shaarma (@Manishshaarma) June 23, 2017