According to the Saudi authorities, the terror suspects included 30 Saudis, 13 Bahrainis, and the rest from seven different nationalities.
More than 5,000 cameras were installed in the entire Makkah sector covering a radius of around 10 kilometers around its Grand Mosque to monitor activities, Saudi Gazette reported.
The job of the security team was “to survey the screens to detect any problem or any blockage” in the constant stream of pilgrims navigating the Holy Sites, said planning chief Col. Saad Al-Dosari.
Among the 54, arrested in nine days of Dhul Hajj, was a citizen of Brunei, the first from the southeast Asian country to be arrested on charges of terrorism, the daily said.
Captain Tareq al-Azam said unprecedented security measures during this year’s holy pilgrimage.