Saudi King body guard Gen. Fagham shot dead

General Abdelaziz al-Fagham, a personal bodyguard of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has been shot dead and seven others wounded, including securitymen, during an altercation at a friend’s home, authorities said Sunday.

Fagham, who was frequently seen by the king’s side, died Saturday evening in the western city of Jeddah, police said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

“Fagham was visiting his friend at his home in Jeddah when (an) acquaintance, Mamdouh al-Ali, entered the residence,” it said.

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“The conversation between Fagham and Ali escalated… Ali left the home, came back carrying a gun and fired at Fagham, injuring two others in the household, a Filipino worker and brother of the house’s owner.”

Al-Ekhbariya state television reported that the incident was triggered by a “personal dispute“, without giving further details.

Ali himself was later killed and five security personnel wounded in a shootout when the suspect “refused to surrender“, SPA said.

It added that Fagham died in hospital from his injuries and that an investigation had been launched.

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The general, close to the king, was well known among Saudis.

His death sparked sharp reactions on Twitter, with some condemning the killing of the Saudi ruler’s “guardian angel.” –

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