A prominent bodyguard of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has been shot and killed at a friend’s house in what has been described as a personal dispute, according to state media.
Major General Abdelaziz al-Fagham’s death triggered an outpouring of emotion on Twitter, with some condemning the killing of the Saudi ruler’s “guardian angel”.
Fagham, who was frequently seen by the king’s side, died Saturday evening in the western city of Jeddah, police in Makkah said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
A spokesman said that the gunman was shot dead by security forces, but that five officers were wounded in the melee that has shocked the kingdom.
Police said the trouble broke out when Fagham was visiting a friend who was receiving guests at his home in Jeddah.
An acquaintance, Mamdouh al-Ali, entered the residence and an argument ensued. “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 the brother of the house’s owner,” it said.