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US teenager arrested for 'Clock Bomb' arrives in Makkah, performs Umrah
Sunday October 11, 2015 12:36 PM, News Network

[Ahmed Mohammed Al-Hassan (centre) with his relatives in Makkah. (Saudi Press Agency)]

The 14-year-old US Muslim teen who was arrested and handcuffed after a teacher at his school in Texas mistook his homemade clock for a 'bomb' arrived in the Holy City of Makkah and performed Umrah on Friday.

Ahmed Mohammed Al-Hassan, who is accompanied by his parents and other relatives, arrived in Jeddah on Friday morning by air and later reached Makkah al Mukarremah by road, according to the local media reports.

On his arrival at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, Al-Hassan thanked the Saudi government for its invitation to visit the Kingdom to perform Umrah and meet his relatives.

Awad Qarshom, head of the Sudanese community in Jeddah, said that supervisors of the Sudanese community would contact Ahmed Al-Hassan's family for a celebration to honor the talented student.

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 Arabia had in the last week extended a government sponsored tour invitation to the US teenager.

Saudi invitation was followed by Mohamed Al-Hassan Mohamed, Ahmed's father's desire made public in September that the family is willing to visit Makkah for Umrah.

Earlier, Ahmed was invited by President Obama to White House after his arrest created stir across the US. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmad Mohammad during his visit to New York for United Nations General Assembly session had met Ahmed Al-Hassan.

The news of Al-Hassan's visit to Saudi Arabia for Umrah is already creating buzz especially among the Sudanese.

“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 son of Sudanese immigrants who live in a Dallas suburb, the young robotics fan brought in a home-made clock to impress a new teacher at MacArthur High School.

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

Local police insisted that Mohammed's ethnicity had nothing to do with the decision to arrest him on suspicion of bringing a hoax bomb to school. No charges were laid after it was determined the teen had no malicious intent.

Along with the invitation to astronomy night at the White House next month, Mohamed also got a scholarship to NASA's Space Camp invitations to drive NASA's Opportunity rover, tour MIT and intern at Twitter.

He posted a picture of himself visiting "amazing projects and people" at Google's science fair on his Twitter account, @IStandWithAhmed, Monday.


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