A man committed, on Friday, suicide only meters away from the Kaaba inside the Grand Mosque of Mecca, Islam’s holiest site, by jumping from the third floor to the surface, where thousands of pilgrims were performing the tawaaf.
The incident was captured on footage by others inside the Masjid al-Haram complex housing the Kaaba. The man is seen jumping from over the security fence amid cries.
Several Saudi news outlets reported that the man, who died immediately after hitting the ground, was a 26-year-old French citizen who converted to Islam, which regards suicide as a major sin.
Authorities are investigating the man’s motive behind this act.
Previously in Feb. 2017, a man tried to kill himself inside the complex and was prevented from setting himself on fire with gasoline.