Saudi King Salman's bodyguard shot dead

Saudi King Salman's bodyguard shot dead”

He was killed in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, where the government relocates for the summer months.

The shooter was killed by police during a standoff that left five security force members wounded, the statement said.

According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Al Fagham was at a friend's house, when a common friend, Mamdouh Bin Meshaal Al Ali, joined them.

A one-sentence statement published by state TV on Twitter identified Mr al-Fagham as "the bodyguard of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques", the honorific given to Saudi kings.

In mid-2017, King Salman issued a royal order to promote Abdulaziz Al Fagham, which was considered an exceptional promotion to the rank of brigadier general.

Tributes on social media described him as a "hero" and "guardian angel". Guard our kings and dwell our hearts'. God bless your mercy God, O Abu Abdullah.

Gun crimes are rare in Saudi Arabia, where strict Islamic law sees convicted killers and drug smugglers routinely executed.

The death of General al-Fagham will come as a shock to the 30 million residence in Saudi Arabia.

Health minister Tawfiq al-Rabiah said: 'Oh God, have mercy on him and make a great rest in paradise and honor his home and inspired his family and his patience and solace.

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