2007 News Story

Saudi authorities foil terrorist attack on holy sites

Saudi authorities have foiled a terrorist attack on holy sites outside Makkah, the Ministry of Interior announced yesterday.

The plot aimed to create confusion among security forces and interfere with the annual Hajj pilgrimage, according to spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki. He declined to provide additional details because the investigation into the plot remains ongoing.

More than 2.3 million pilgrims undertook the Hajj this year, with around 1.7 million coming to Saudi Arabia from abroad.