- A pilgrim commits suicide in the Grand Mosque in Makkah by throwing himself off the roof and onto the circumambulation ground
- A spokesperson said the body was rushed to the hospital as an investigation commenced into the reason behind the death
RIYADH: A man has committed suicide by throwing himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah, Saudi police said Saturday.“A foreigner threw himself from the roof of the Grand Mosque in Makkah” to the courtyard below, “resulting in his instant death,” state news agency SPA said, quoting police.
The rare act was not the first of its kind to take place in Makkah, the holiest city in Islam — which, like other monotheistic religions, prohibits suicide.
The body was transported to hospital, with an investigation underway “to determine the victim’s identity, what led to the act and how he was able to commit it despite the existence of a metal fence,” SPA said.
Last year, a Saudi man tried to set himself on fire in front of the Kaaba — the square stone building in the center of the mosque compound — but was stopped by security forces.
Every year, millions of Muslim pilgrims from across the world travel to Makkah and Medina, Islam’s second holiest site, also in western Saudi Arabia.