Saudi Arabia (QNN)- The personal bodyguard of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was shot and killed in what authorities described as a personal dispute, state TV has reported.
While officials posted condolences for Mr al-Fagham, the first official word of his death came in a single tweet by Saudi state television.
“Major General Abdulaziz al-Fagham, bodyguard of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, was shot dead following a personal dispute in Jeddah,” the tweet read.
Hours later, a press statement from the Makkah Police Department, said that Major General Abdulaziz Al-Fagham was visiting his friend Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al-Sabti at his home in Jeddah, when a mutual friend called Mamdouh Bin Mishaal Al-Ali arrived at the address.
According to the statement, a heated discussion erupted between Al-Ali and Al-Fagham.
Al-Ali then left and came back with a gun, shooting the general, injuring him and two others who were at the scene: the house owner’s brother, Turki Al Sabti, and a Filipino domestic worker.
The police arrived at the scene, but Al-Ali resisted, fired at them – he was killed when officers returned fire.
Al Faghem, who had often been seen pictured with King Salman and the late King Abdullah, was widely described as “the kings’ walking stick.”