June 23, 2017 / 8:33 PM / a month ago

Bomber planning an attack on Grand Mosque blew himself up - Interior Ministry

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FILE PHOTO: General view of the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia September 9, 2016.Ahmed Jadallah/File Photo

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry said a suicide bomber who was planning an attack on the Grand Mosque in Mecca blew himself up on Friday when security forces surrounded a house where he was hiding.

The ministry said, in a statement read on Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television, that security forces had also detained five other militants, including one woman.

Reporting by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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