Saudi authorities have arrested an armed man from the Grand Mosque chanting slogans in support of the terrorist organization.
According to the Saudi Press Agency, the man was arrested by the security forces of Masjid al-Haram on March 30.
A Mecca police spokesman told the Saudi Press Agency that the man was seen waving a knife and chanting slogans on the first floor of the mosque after Asr prayers and was immediately arrested by law enforcement on the spot.
Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, head of the presidency of the two holy mosques, said that racist or extremist rhetoric is against Islamic teachings.
He further said that the said person did not even respect the mosque, Allah made the Masjid-ul-Haram a place of worship in which prayers, Tawaf and Hajj are performed.
Earlier, in October 2020, a man rammed his speeding car into the entrance of the Grand Mosque.
The man broke two barriers and crashed into a car at the south entrance, where guards rushed to him. Authorities later said the man was “mentally unwell.”
Earlier in June 2017, Saudi officials foiled a plot to attack the Grand Mosque.
The Interior Ministry carried out raids in Jeddah, along with the Ajyad al-Masafi area near the Grand Mosque.
During which the forces surrounded the house of the alleged attacker where there was an exchange of fire between the officers and the attacker and the suicide bomber blew himself up.
The suicide bomber blew himself up, destroying a three-story building and injuring 11 people, including five policemen.