Saudi police 'foil Mecca Grand Mosque attack'

Saudi Arabia Interior Ministry spokesperson Mansour al-Turki said that three terrorist organizations masterminded the assault on the mosque.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran once again warns all states and particularly regional countries against this disgusting and sinister phenomenon (of terrorism)", Qasemi was quoted as saying.

Saudi security forces on Friday prevented an imminent attack on the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the country's Interior Ministry said on state-run TV.

Quoting security operatives, Al Arabiya, Saudi-owned news website, said the operation was planned by three extremist groups, two based in Mecca and the third in Jedah.

It said the police raided the two areas in Mecca, including one near the central area of the mosque.

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

The explosion also caused the apartment building to collapse, leaving six foreigners and five members of the Saudi security forces injured.

The suicide bomber reportedly planned to target worshipers at the mosque as Ramadan comes to an end.

Five other people were arrested.

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.

"This heinous crime will make us even more formidable and determined to eliminate terrorism and eradicate its sources along with all those who finance, incite, sympathise with, or justify it in any manner whatsoever", said Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Saudi Arabian police have foiled a terrorist attack.

The Interior Ministry said the identity of the attacker was still being verified but pointed to foreign involvement, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Iran's Foreign Ministry said that terrorism is growing and becoming rampant.

The two cities are Islam's holiest, and Mecca's Grand Mosque houses the Kaaba, the black cube towards which the world's Muslims pray. Salman has in the past made comments about Saudi Arabia confronting its rival Iran.

  • Joanne Flowers