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Bomber targets US consulate in Jeddah

worldpaper Updated: Jul 05, 2016, 08:58 IST
Reuters
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RIYADH: A suicide bomber was killed and two people were wounded in a blast near the US consulate in Saudi Arabia’s second city of Jeddah early on Monday, state TV said, the first bombing in years to attempt to target foreigners in the kingdom.

The attacker parked his car outside a hospital opposite the consulate at about 2.15 am and detonated his device after being approached by two security men, killing him and lightly wounding them, it said, quoting a security spokesman.

Three further blasts rocked the location of the bombing hours later, a witness told Reuters, as police carried out what appeared to be controlled explosions near the site.

A video sent by the witness showed police taking cover behind vehicles and covering their ears before a blast.

The United States consulate said there were no casualties or injuries among its staff, adding that it and the US embassy were in contact with Saudi authorities.

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