By Elsa Baxter
Officials say they do not rule out security threat during annual pilgrimage
Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minister said officials are on alert for a possible Al Qaeda attack during this year’s hajj pilgrimage.
"We don't rule out any possibility of something that disturbs the security" of the pilgrims, Prince Nayef told a news conference, reported by the Associated Press.
The annual pilgrimage to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah begins on Monday and lasts for several days. The pilgrimage, which every Muslim should complete during their lives, attracts some three million worshippers.
Saudi Arabia has launched an aggressive campaign against Al Qaeda in neighbouring Yemen, which officials have said poses a threat to stability in the home of Islam.
Officials are reported to have given intelligence to Western officials about two intercepted parcel bombs posted from Yemen to the United States.For all the latest Saudi Arabia news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
This is ridiculous!
Why should Al Qaeda have to cause injuries to innocent Muslim Pilgrims and that too in the two most Holy mosques of the Muslims?