A prominent bodyguard into Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has been shot and killed in what police described as a private dispute, state TV reported Sunday, offering several specifics about an incident that shocked the realm.
Tributes poured directly into societal websites for Maj. Gen. Abdulaziz al-Fagham, together with lots of including pictures of the bodyguard on the job. One comprised him bending down to seemingly help tie the shoes of King Salman, the 83-year-old ruler of this oil-rich kingdom.
Other people reveal al-Fagham at the history of occasions with both King Salman and his predecessor, the late King Abdullah.
Details remained obscure. While officials submitted condolences to get al-Fagham, the first official word of his passing arrived in one tweet from Saudi state television.
State TV provided no other information. Months after, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported the dispute saw a buddy of al-Fagham shoot and kill him as well as wound the other Saudi along with a Filipino employee there. A gunfight erupted as security forces reacted to the house which saw the shot killed and five members of the security forces injured, the news agency reported.
The daily newspaper Okaz, while offering no specifics about the shooting that caused his departure, described al-Fagham at a headline: “The Keeper of Kings.”
Officials from the realm didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press.
Gun crimes are rare in Saudi Arabia, in which strict Islamic law finds convicted offenders and drug smugglers routinely implemented. Saudi Arabia is home to over 30 million individuals.