JEDDAH – The post-attack strategy followed by Saudi authorities after the blasts at Masjid-i-Nabvi in Medina, under which the government denied any attack taking place, has reportedly saved hundreds of lives.

The horrific bombings took place when a suicide bomber detonated a device near the security headquarters of Masjid-i-Nabvi (PBUH) in Madinah, killing at least five security officials while hundreds of Muslims were breaking their fast inside the mosque .

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Immediately after the blast, Saudi authorities spread the news that security forces were conducting a mock emergency exercise in Madinah city, and denied reports of a bomb blast for a considerable period of time.

This strategy reportedly saved scores of pilgrims who were present inside the mosque, minimizing the chances of a deadly stampede. The strategy of misinformation, which sought to save thousands of precious lives, proved successful.