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 quoted the country's state-run news agency as saying.
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 Saudi Press Agency reported.
The man was arrested by the authorities. Police also referred the man to prosecutors for possible charges, the report further said.
The Grand Mosque houses the cube-shaped Kaaba that observant 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. Footage broadcast on the state-run Quran TV satellite channel showed people inside circling the Kaaba before and after the crash.
The kingdom held a dramatically downsized, symbolic hajj pilgrimage in July due to concerns that it could easily have become a global superspreader event for the virus.
(Wth inputs from AP)