Saudi Security Forces Foil Attack On Grand Mosque In Mecca: Al Arabiya TV

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Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba as pray inside and outside the Grand mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. The annual Islamic pilgrimage draws three million visitors each year, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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Saudi security forces shot dead a wanted man in Mecca on Friday and arrested several others.
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 Mecca where the militants were hiding. No one from the security forces was harmed in the shooting.

Al Arabiya said security forces had found two groups of terrorists in Mecca and a third group in the city of Jeddah. The foiled attack targeted worshipers at the mosque, it said.

Neither Al Arabiya nor Al-Ekhbariya gave any further details.

Al-Arabiya correspondent confirmed that one militant was killed after the exchange of fire, while the other wanted persons were arrested.

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