Riyadh: Gunman attacks two guards at Saudi royal palace, dead


RIYADH:  Two Saudi guards died and three others injured after a gunman gunned down them at the gate of the royal palace in the Red Sea city of Jeddah on Saturday.

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Royal guards attacked the gunman with three grenades on Saturday. The accused have been found as 28-year-old Saudi national.

“An outpost of the royal guard came under fire by a person who got out of a Hyundai car,” the ministry affirmed.

“He was right away dealt with and his cowardly act also resulted in the martyrdom” of two royal guards, it asserted.

Prior, The US embassy in Saudi Arabia had warned its citizens about such assaults.

“Due to the possibility of ongoing police activity, American citizens are advised to exercise caution when travelling through the area,” the embassy affirmed.

The caution was issued following the Saudi police conducted a search operation of a “terror” cell connected to the Islamic State group recently. Nearly two people died and five others detained, according to the national security agency.

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IS affirmed years back that they will carry out attack against Shiites and security forces in the Sunni- majority kingdom.