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Saudi man crashes speeding car into gates of Mecca's Grand Mosque

Oct 31, 2020 15:06 IST

A Saudi man in a speeding car crashed into the outer gates of Mecca's Grand Mosque on Friday night, news agency The Associated Press said quoting the country's state-run news agency.

Authorities arrested the man inside, who appeared in an "abnormal" condition, the state-run agency said.

Around 10:30 pm on Friday, the man's car was seen ramming through a barrier. He drove the car until it hit the gate on the Grand Mosque's southern side.

The Grand Mosque houses the Kaaba that Muslims pray toward five times a day. Authorities had shut down the mosque amid the coronavirus pandemic, but recently reopened it to small crowds of faithful. 

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