Hajj pilgrim jumps to death in Saudi’s Grand Mosque

Two other pilgrims who were injured in the incident are now in stable condition

An Arab pilgrim performing Hajj in Saudi Arabia jumped to his death from the roof of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The incident took place at 8.10 on Friday morning, confirmed official spokesman for the General Presidency for the Grand Mosque Ahmad bin Mohammed Al Mansouri.

The pilgrim – reported to be Iraqi – jumped from the roof of the Grand Mosque to the floor of circumambulation area despite the presence of an iron protection fence around the perimeter of the roof, he said.

The man’s fall led to the injury of two pilgrims, who are now in stable condition.

Al Mansouri said that security authorities were investigating the incident.

This is the third such incident reported in recent months.

In June, a French national of Algerian origin died after jumping from the roof of the Grand Mosque. No one was injured on the ground.

A few weeks later, authorities confirmed that a Bangladeshi national similarly jumped to his death from the Grand Mosque.