Bodyguard of Saudi Arabia king shot dead, pinoy injured

A Filipino was wounded when the personal bodyguard of Saudi Arabia King Salman was shot dead by his friend in a private residence in the western city of Jeddah.

The gunfire also injured five members of the king’s security forces and another Saudi.

According to the state broadcaster, the king’s long-time bodyguard and the suspect had a “personal dispute.”

The victim, Major General Abdul Aziz al-Faghm, was at another friend’s house in Jeddah’s al-Shatee district on Saturday night when the attacked happened. The place was several kilometers away from the king’s palace, where he would usually spend his summer.

According to the police reports the state agency SPA published on Sunday, Faghm had an argument with the suspect Mamdouh bin Meshaal Al Ali, who was Faghm’s friend.

Mamdouh bin Meshaal Al Ali then took a firearm from outside and started to fire shots.

The police responded and surrounded the suspect, but he refused to surrender, so the police shot him dead, the statement said.

Responders rushed Faghm to the hospital but died from his gunshot wounds.

According to local media, Major General Abdul Aziz al-Faghm also served as late Saudi Arabia King Abdullah’s personal bodyguard. Saudis outpoured sympathy and condolences to Faghm’s death on social media.

“May you rest in peace, hero …” senior Royal Court advisor Turki al-Sheikh tweeted.

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