Saudi Arabia is on alert for a possible Al-Qaeda attack next week during Haj that draws millions of worshippers, said the Interior Minister.

Prince Nayef did not mention any specific threat or intelligence indicating an imminent attack, but stressed that “the kingdom is capable of foiling, confronting, deterring any act”.

Saudi Arabia has been effective in the past in countering Al-Qaeda militants, who have publicly declared their desire to topple the kingdom's royal family.

“We don't rule out any possibility of something disturbing the security” of the pilgrims, said Prince Nayef, while adding that authorities “are ready for anything that might take place. God willing, nothing will happen”. — AP