Jeddah: An unknown gunman has been killed in a fire exchange with Saudi security forces at a checkpoint near the palace of Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minister Prince Naif bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud in the city of Jeddah. The incident occurred on Saturday morning when the gunman opened fire on the checkpoint in the Red Sea city, the Saudi state-owned SPA news agency reported.
“At 1 a.m. on Saturday, a person carrying a gun fired at a checkpoint in Abdulrahman Al-Malki Street in Jeddah. He was dealt with swiftly and was killed,” the SPA said in a statement.
The report added that the Saudi police launched an investigation into the incident, which caused no other casualties.
There is an investigation going on. It is not complete yet and there will be a final statement once it is, said police First Lieutenant Nawaf Nasser.
About two years ago, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef Al-Saud, the Saudi interior minister’s son, survived an assassination attempt by a bomber. He is in charge of the counter-terrorism program of the oil-rich country.