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Palace guards killed in Saudi shooting in Jeddah

Palace guards killed in Saudi shooting in Jeddah

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A shooting at a royal palace in Saudi Arabia has left two security guards dead and three others injured, according to state media.

A Saudi interior ministry statement said a 28-year-old man was killed after he drove up to the Al Salam palace gates in Jeddah and shot at security.

The man was named as Mansour al-Amri, a Saudi national.

The US embassy had earlier warned citizens after unconfirmed reports on Saturday of an attack in the area.

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US Mission KSA Security Message – Security Incident at Al Salam Palace in Jeddah 7 Oct https://t.co/EWNU57nFrV

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“Due to the possibility of ongoing police activity, American citizens are advised to exercise caution when travelling through the area,” the embassy said in a brief statement.

Local media reported that incident happened at about 15:15 (12:15 GMT).

Security guards stopped the attack and killed the gunman.

No further information about the attack or the gunman’s motive is known.

Days ago, Saudi police raided three addresses in the capital Riyadh connected to a suspected “terror” cell with links to so-called Islamic State, SPA news agency reported.

Two people were killed and five arrested.