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Man tries to set himself alight in Makkah Grand Mosque

Pilgrims during Hajj season seen at the Kabah, in Mecca's Grand Mosque, Saudi Arabia [file photo]
Pilgrims during Hajj season seen at the Kabah, in Mecca's Grand Mosque, Saudi Arabia [File photo]

A man tried to set himself alight with gasoline beside the Kaaba in Makkah yesterday evening, police in Saudi Arabia said.

Officers said they were able to arrest the man before he was able to set light to himself at the Grand Mosque.

“His actions suggest that he is mentally ill,” the mosque’s police service said in a statement, adding without elaborating that police would take measures to address the incident. Police said the man was in his 40s.

A video clip circulating on social media showed a man being hustled away from the Kaaba by pilgrims and security guards.

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