By the grace of Allah, Saudi security forces have successfully countered the terrorist act to target Masjid-al-Haram in Makkah today June 23, 2017. As a Muslim, it is our belief that the security of the House of Allah is the responsibility of Allah. He has kept it safe for thousands of years and he will continue to protect it from all the evils. There is a Surah in Quran discussing how Allah protected His house from the attack of Abraha in the year when Prophet Muhammad S.A.W was born i.e. 571 A.D. Recommended: Top 5 Terror Attacks targeting Masjid-al-Haram, Makkah and Madina[irp]
It has been reported that a suicide bomber was hiding in a house in the Ajyad neighborhood of Makkah. Security forces got some intelligence information about it and they were surrounding him when he opened direct fire on them. He continued heavy firing on the security forces until he blew himself causing the collapse of the building in which he was living. Six people from the general public were injured and five members of the security forces were slightly injured. 5 people who have been arrested during this crackdown include a woman. The arrested people are currently being investigated.
Security forces had found two groups of terrorists in Makkah and a third group in the city of Jeddah. The foiled attack targeted worshipers at the mosque, it said. The first operation was foiled in Makkah in Assila district, while the second was thwarted in Ajyad Al Masafi neighborhood. We believe they started operation in Ajyad based upon the information they received from these two operations.[irp]
Gulf News has reported that 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 Makkah where the militants were hiding. Six expatriates were injured in the clashes as well as five security forces, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said. It is believed the gunfire was mere meters away from the Mosque itself in Ajyad. But these reports are yet to be confirmed.
This is not the first time terrorists have targeted Saudi Arabia during the month of Ramadan. If you remember, last Ramadan they tried to attack Masjid al Nabawi in the last 10 days of Ramadan. By the grace of Allah, the terrorist attack was stopped by the Saudi forces at that time as well as this time. We covered that attack in detail. Recommended: 7 Facts you need to know about the blast in Masjid al Nabawi – 4 Videos including CCTV[irp]
Translation of Surah Feel from the Holy Quran: Have you not considered, [O Muhammad], how your Lord dealt with the companions of the elephant? Did He not make their plan into misguidance? And He sent against them birds in flocks, striking them with stones of hard clay, And He made them like eaten straw.
Source: Arab News