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Man commits suicide at Makkah’s Masjid al Haram

MAKKAH: A man has committed suicide by throwing himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque in Makkah city, Saudi and French officials said on Saturday.

“A foreigner threw himself from the roof of the Grand Mosque in Makkah” to the courtyard below, “resulting in his instant death”, Saudi police told the Kingdom’s official SPA news agency.

A French foreign ministry official told AFP in Paris that the dead man was French but gave no further details.

The body was transported to the hospital, with an investigation underway “to determine the victim’s identity; what led to the act and how he was able to commit suicide despite the existence of a metal fence”, SPA said.

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