Suicide bomber targets US consulate in Saudi Arabia

A suicide bomber was killed and two other people wounded in a blast near the US consulate in Saudi Arabia’s city of Jeddah early on Monday, the interior ministry said.

According to the report, security officers became suspicious of a man near the parking lot of a hospital, which is directly across from the US diplomatic mission.

When they moved in to investigate “he blew himself up with a suicide belt inside the hospital parking” at around 2:15 a.m., the ministry said.

The two security officers who approached him were lightly injured.

The explosion happened shortly before the dawn prayers after which Muslims begin their daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

Reuters/UO