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Saudi king's personal bodyguard killed in 'dispute'

September 29, 2019

The longtime bodyguard of Saudi Arabia's King Salman was killed and seven others were wounded during an incident in Jeddah.

Saudi King
Image: AFP/Saudi Royal Palace/B. al-Jaloud

The personal bodyguard of Saudi Arabia's King Salman was shot dead in "a personal dispute," state television reported Sunday.

Major General Abdulaziz al-Fagham was killed in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, to where the government relocates in the summer. 

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"Fagham was visiting his friend at his home in Jeddah when acquaintance Mamdouh al-Ali entered the residence," police said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA). 

"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 a brother of the house's owner."

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

Al-Fagham also served as the personal bodyguard of the late King Abdullah.

His death prompted an outpouring of condolences from Saudis on social media, who posted pictures of the bodyguard serving the kings.

The de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia is Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

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