Saudi King’s bodyguard shot dead in feud: reports

The personal bodyguard of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has been killed in a personal dispute at a friend’s home, local reports said citing Makkah Police Department.

The news was first reported in a single tweet by Saudi state television al-Ekhbariya on Sunday.

“Maj Gen Abdulaziz al-Fagham, (above left), bodyguard of the custodian of the two holy mosques, was shot dead following a personal dispute in Jeddah,” the tweet read.

The TV station did not say when the incident happened.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency and leading newspaper Arab News also reported the incident later without mentioning when it occurred.

Maj Gen Abdulaziz Al-Fagham was with his friend Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al-Sabti in Jeddah when a mutual friend Mamdouh Bin Mishaal Al-Ali arrived at Al-Sabti’s home.

A quarrel broke out between Al-Ali and Al-Fagham over personal and financial matters.

Al-Ali left the house only to return shortly with a loaded gun. On entering the home, he shot the general, the brother of Faisal, Turki Al Sabti, and a Filipino domestic worker.

When police arrived, Al-Ali started firing at them. Police returned fire striking him.

Al-Fagham succumbed to gunshot injuries in a hospital.

Turki al Sabti and the Filipino domestic worker are said to be in a stable condition.

Five security officers, who were injured in the firing, are undergoing treatment.

The daily newspaper Okaz described Fagham as “the keeper of kings”.

Shooting incidents are rare in the kingdom.