By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 24 June 2017:
Presidency Council (PC) head Faiez Serraj and the Thinni government in Beida have bothcondemned the Mecca suicide bomb plot on the eve of Eid.
In a message to Saudi’s King Salman, Serraj said that the attack was totally unacceptable and added that it was clearly a terrorist plot.
The foreign ministry in Beida also condemned as despicable the terrorists had targeted Mecca during Ramadan. It praised the vigilance of the security forces and expressed its full solidarity with its “brothers in Saudi Arabia”.
The statement continued: “The hands of the diseased, the owners of the sick hearts, the people who stir them and stand behind them will not be able, God willing, to achieve their sordid goals and objectives at this the time when the kingdom is at the forefront of the alliance against evil terrorist forces, playing an active and fundamental role in the battle to eradicate it.”
Few details of the Mecca attack have been made public but it appears that in an intelligence-led operation, Saudi security forces surrounded a house in city. The would-be suicide bomber blew himself up inside the building causing it to collapse.
Eleven people, among them police officers, were injured in the blast. The Saudi interior ministry said that five other suspects had been arrested in connection with the planned attack.
This article has been updated to include the reaction of the Beida government