Suicide attack carried out near US diplomatic site in Saudi Arabia

A suicide bomber carried out an attack early on Monday near a US diplomatic site in the western Saudi city of Jeddah, according to the Interior Ministry.

The ministry said the attacker detonated his suicide vest when security guards approached him near the parking lot of a hospital. The attacker died and two security men were wounded with minor injuries, according to the statement published by the state-run Saudi Press Agency. Some cars in the parking lot were damaged.

Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki said the attacker caught the attention of the security guards, who noticed he was acting suspiciously at an intersection located on the corner of the heavily fortified US consulate in Jeddah, located by the Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital. Most of the consulate’s staff had reportedly moved offices to a new location.

The US Embassy in Saudi Arabia confirmed in a statement there were no casualties or injuries among consular staff. The embassy said it remains in contact with Saudi authorities as they investigate the attack.

The Interior Ministry did not specify if the attacker was intending to target the US diplomatic compound, saying an investigation was underway to determine his identity.

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