Terror attacks have occurred at various places throughout the history. The holy places like Masjid Al Haram, Makkah and Madina have also witnessed such attacks. People might not be quite aware of these attacks, but they occurred. The Grand mosque had been the victim of the terrorist attacks several times. These attacks took lives of several Muslims. So here are those top 5 Terror attacks that occurred in Masjid al Haram, Makkah and Madina:
1-The Grand Mosque of Makkah, which is a sacred place for all the Muslims, experienced a terror attack in 1979. This attack is considered the oldest one. The attack was operationalized by Juhayman al-‘Utaibi and Muhammad al-Qahtani. They claimed to be Mahdi and took over the Grand Mosque. They were accompanied by 200 people who were armed. These 200 people who had extremists believe and caused the death of a lot of Muslims. These martyrs included civilians and the security men. However, after the Fatwa was issued, the Saudi security forces held an operation and wiped them out.
2-The Grand Mosque went through another attack in 1989. This second attack on the holy site was made during the Hajj through explosives. 2 explosions took place: The first on the road that is the pathway to Grand Mosque and the second explosion took place on the bridge near it. 16 people were badly injured while 1 lost his life because of explosive attacks.
3-On July 2016, Saudi Arabia was made a victim of terror attacks. The attack was quite alarming and horrific. Three suicide bombers came in to cause massive destruction in the city. One of the three could blow himself and caused the death of 4 security personals. The incident of the attacker blowing himself away took place in the parking area. The parking area is designated to the security forces and is quite near to the Prophet’s mosque. Recommended: 7 Facts you need to know about the blast in Masjid al Nabawi
4-The Houthi Militants who belong to the country of Yemen, attacked the holy city last year. On October 2016, the militants launched a rocket to attack and demolish the holy city. However, The Arab League’s defenses could combat it and the city was made safe from massive destruction. Recommended: 8 things every Muslim should know about the Houthi Missile Attack to Makkah
5-On June 2017, a suicide bomber blew himself away in the Ajyad neighborhood. He first shot security forces and then blew himself. He was hiding in the area. 6 security personals got injured while 5 were wounded because of the fire shots and the explosion. Recommended: 11 Injured, 5 Arrested for the Suicide attack which took place near Masjid-al-Haram, Makkah
And we are not even sure about the future. Recently the Saudi Interior Ministry has reported arresting 5 terror attackers. They were planning to hold an attack on the Grand Mosque. These attackers belonged from 3 groups: two were Makkah-based while one was Jeddah-based. We hope our authorities would able to catch all these gangs. May Allah protect us all from such attacks and May Allah keeps us all safe and sound. Ameen!
Source: Al Arabiya