Son of Makkah Grand Mosque attacker becomes colonel in Saudi National Guards

September 3, 2018

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The son of Juhayman al-Otaybi, an extremist who seized Makkah and the Grand Mosque in 1979, has been given a promotion in Saudi Arabia’s National Guards.

According to Al Arabiya, Hathal bin Juhayman al-Otaybi was recently promoted to the position of colonel in National Guards.

His father, Juhyman al-Otaybi, along with over 250 men attacked Makkah’s grand mosque on November 20, 1979. Hundreds were killed in the attack which lasted for two weeks.

Hathal was only one-year-old when his father attacked Makkah.