General Abdelaziz al-Fagham, the personal bodyguard of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has been shot dead and seven others wounded, including securitymen, during an altercation at a friend’s home.
Late Fagham, who was frequently seen by the king’s side, died Saturday evening in the western city of Jeddah, police said in a statement reported by the official Saudi Press Agency.
“Fagham was visiting his friend at his home in Jeddah when (an) acquaintance, Mamdouh al-Ali, entered the residence. 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” the statement said.
Al-Ekhbariya; state television reported that the incident was triggered by a “personal dispute“, without giving further details. Ali himself was later killed and five security personnel wounded in a shootout when the suspect “refused to surrender“, SPA said. It added that Fagham died in hospital from his injuries and that an investigation had been launched.