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‘Clock Bomb’: Ahmed Mohammed arrives in Makkah, performs Umrah


Makkah: US teenager, Ahmed Mohammed Al-Hassan who was detained and handcuffed for ‘Clock Bomb’ in Texas arrived in the Holy City of Makkah and performed Umrah on Friday.

According to the local media reports, the 14-year-old US Muslim teen escorted by his parents and other family members, arrived in Jeddah on Friday and later reached Makkah al Mukarremah.

Ahmed, on his arrival at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah expressed gratitude towards Saudi government for its invitation to visit the Kingdom to perform Umrah.

To honor the talented Sudanese origin student Ahmed, the supervisors of the Sudanese community in Jeddah would contact his family, said Awad Qarshom, head of the Sudanese community.

Speaking to Arab News, he said: “Ahmed Al-Hassan will be honored by the creativity committee of the Sudanese community in Jeddah during a celebration which will be organized soon with prominent personalities of the community in the Kingdom and journalists of the Sudanese media including TV and newspapers.”

Saudi invitation was followed by Ahmed’s father’s desire made public in September that the family is willing to visit Makkah for Umrah.

“We appreciate this decision by the Kingdom. We intend to have a reception to honor this student. We are trying to cooperate with the Sudanese Consulate in Jeddah to set up a special event”, Awad Qarshom, head of the Sudanese community, told Arab News.

The young robotics fan Ahmed, who live in a Dallas suburb brought in a home-made clock to impress a new teacher at MacArthur High School but the teacher mistook his homemade clock for a ‘bomb’.

“It was really sad that she took the wrong impression of it and I got arrested,” he told reporters last week.

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