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Gunman attacks Saudi royal palace guards, two dead - interior ministry

October 08, 1:23 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Unknown gunman, who arrived on site in a car, left his vehicle and attacked guards at a checkpoint outside the western gate of the palace at 3:25 Moscow time on Saturday

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MOSCOW, October 8. /TASS/. Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry confirmed reports of an attack on the royal palace in Jeddah on Saturday morning.

In a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, two Interior Ministry said guards were killed and three injured. An unknown gunman, who arrived on site in a car, left his vehicle and attacked guards at a checkpoint outside the western gate of the palace at 3:25 Moscow time on Saturday.

"The attacker was killed when the guards returned fire," the interior ministry said.

The gunman was identified as Mansour al-Amri, a 28-year-old Saudi national. He was armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and also had three Molotov cocktails on him.

An investigation into the attack is under way.

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