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Two injured in suicide bombing near US consulate in Saudi

AFP/Reuters/Riyadh
Filed on July 4, 2016
Two injured in suicide bombing near US consulate in Saudi

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Neither American embassy officers nor the Saudi interior ministry could immediately be reached for comment.

A suicide bomber blew himself up early Monday near the United States consulate in Saudi Arabia's Red Sea city of Jeddah, reported the Sabq online newspaper, which is close to authorities.

It said two security officers were hurt "as a result of the failed bombing" on July 4, the day when Americans celebrate their independence.

Security officers sealed off the area after "a person blew himself up in a car in front of the US consulate in Jeddah," the report said.

The incident happened just before the dawn prayers after which Muslims begin their daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

The attacker parked his car outside a mosque opposite the consulate and shortly afterwards his device detonated, killing him and lightly wounding three security men nearby, state TV said.

Neither American embassy officers nor the Saudi interior ministry could immediately be reached for comment.


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