A personal bodyguard of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has been shot dead and seven others wounded, including security forces, during an altercation at a friend’s home, authorities said Sunday (Sep 29).
General Abdelaziz al-Fagham, who was frequently seen by the king’s side, died Saturday evening in the western city of Jeddah, police said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
“Fagham was visiting his friend at his home in Jeddah when (an) acquaintance, Mamdouh al-Ali, entered the residence,” it said. “The conversation between Fagham and Ali escalated… Ali left the home, came back carrying a gun and fired at Fagham, injuring two others in the household, a Filipino worker and brother of the house’s owner.”
Al-Ekhbariya state television reported that the incident was triggered by a “personal dispute”, without giving further details. As per details, General al-Faghem was visiting a friend in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah on Saturday night when another friend dropped by. After an apparent argument or dispute, the second friend stepped out and returned with a gun, opening fire and wounding General al-Faghem and two others, the agency said.
Saudi security forces surrounded the house, but the friend refused to surrender. A gunfight broke out in which the friend was killed and five security officers were wounded. General al-Faghem died later in the hospital.
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