Bomber planning to attack mosque in Mecca blows self

Saudi security forces on Friday offset a suicide attack on the Grand Mosque in Mecca, reportedly cornering the would-be attacker in an apartment, where he blew himself up, the Interior Ministry said.

The ministry, in a statement on television, said that three cells had planned the attack on worshippers and security forces at the mosque.

The trapped suicide bomber exchanged fire with the security forces, then set off explosives when he was surrounded in a house in the central Mecca neighbourhood of Ajyad Al-Masafi near the mosque that had been used as the base for the attack, the ministry said.

The building collapsed, injuring six foreigners and five members of the security forces.

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