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Millions pray at holy mosques in Saudi safely

Makkah - The worshippers also attended the Khatm Al Quran prayer

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Published: Sat 24 Jun 2017, 7:06 AM

Last updated: Mon 26 Jun 2017, 1:43 PM

More than 2.5 million worshippers, including foreign pilgrims, performed the last Friday prayer of this Ramadan at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah and the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah, Al Arabiya News reported after Saudi security forces foiled a terrorist attack in the area.
The worshippers also attended the Khatm Al Quran prayer after the completion of the recitation of the holy book during Taraweeh at the two mosques on Friday night.
Al Arabiya also broadcast footage of worshippers praying in the mosque, with no interruption.
Ministry spokesman General Mansour Al Turki said that police "foiled the terrorist plan that targeted the security of the Grand Mosque, pilgrims and worshippers."
In dawn raids on Makkah and the Red Sea city of Jeddah officers arrested five suspects, including a woman, before surrounding the bomber's location around the Grand Mosque.

"Unfortunately he started shooting towards security personnel once he noticed their presence in the area, which led to an exchange of fire before he blew himself up," Turki said.
The blast partially collapsed the building where he had taken refuge, injuring the six pilgrims, Turki said.
He added that four had already been released from hospital, and five security men were also slightly hurt.
Earlier in the day, security forces had shot dead a wanted man at another suspected  militant hideout in Makkah's Al Aseelah neighbourhood.
The month of fasting ends with the Eid Al Fitr holiday, expected to be on Sunday.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the plot to attack the mosque, but the Daesh had in the past carried out attacks in the Kingdom.



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