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

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

The security men found beside a Kalashnikov, three Molotov cocktails in his possession.

The perpetrator, Saudi national Mansour al-Amiri, 28, was killed after he drove up to the gates and shot at security.

The royal family usually conducts its official business in this palace during the summer months, according to Reuters. Also last week, 22 people were arrested for undermining state security including the posting of videos on social media that "incite public order", SPA reported.

Saudi King Salman is now outside the kingdom on a state visit to Russian Federation. The whereabouts of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are unknown.

"The security authorities are still carrying out their investigations, and any developments will be announced later", added the ministry of interior.

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A security spokesman of the Ministry of the Interior said the attack happened at 3:15 pm local time when a person began shooting at the post from a vehicle.

The US consulate in Jeddah, west of Saudi Arabia, called on US citizens to exercise caution in the vicinity of the Al-Salam palace.

Saudi Arabia is a member of the US -led worldwide coalition that has been battling the Sunni extremist group in Syria and Iraq.

Saudi Arabia is yet to confirm if any attack took place.

Saudi Arabia has been engaged in an anti-terror war following a series of IS-claimed deadly blasts across the kingdom in recent years.