100,000 troops to secure Haj 2015

MAKKAH: Some 100,000 security personnel have been deployed to oversee the annual Haj pilgrimage that begins on Tuesday, according to the Interior Ministry.
Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman for the ministry, said among those securing the massive crowds during Haj are members of an elite counterterrorism unit, traffic police and emergency civil defense personnel.

They are being supported by additional troops from the army and national guard. The pilgrimage comes amid concerns over threats posed by terrorist groups.

Al-Turki vowed in an interview with The Associated Press that militants “cannot control a centimeter anywhere in Saudi Arabia.” This year’s Haj is expected to draw up to 2 million pilgrims from around the world.

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