Saudi royal guards stand on duty in front of portraits of ruling family in 2014 (AFP/file photo) Two Saudi guards were shot dead and three others wounded on Saturday morning when a man drove up to the gate of the royal palace in Jeddah and began shooting, the interior ministry said in a statement. “An outpost of the royal guard came under fire by a person who got out of a Hyundai car,” the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.
“He was immediately dealt with and his cowardly act also resulted in the martyrdom” of two royal guards, it added. Royal guards killed the gunman, who was identified in the statement as Mansour al-Amri, a 28-year-old Saudi national. The attack occurred at a checkpoint outside the western gate to the Peace Palace in Jeddah, where the royal family conducts official business during the summer months.
Saudi King Salman is currently outside the kingdom on a state visit to Russia. The statement did not elaborate on the whereabouts of his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, although recent state news reports have placed him in Jeddah. The US embassy in Saudi Arabia had earlier cautioned its citizens over reports of the attack. “Due to the possibility of ongoing police activity, American citizens are advised to exercise caution when travelling through the area,” the embassy said in a brief statement. The warning comes after the Saudi police raided hideouts of a “terror” cell linked to the Islamic State (IS) group this week, killing two people and arresting five others, according to the national security agency. The State Security Agency said police raided three hideouts in the capital Riyadh and exchanged gunfire at one of them, the SPA news agency reported on Thursday. Security forces on Saturday seized Kalashnikov rifles and petrol bombs that had been in Amri’s possession.
Amri did not have a criminal record or any known connection to extremist groups, said Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki, speaking by phone to al-Arabiya television. An investigation was underway to determine his motive for the attack, said Turki. Since late 2014, IS has claimed a series of bombings and shootings against Shias and security forces in the Sunni-majority kingdom.
Saudi Arabia is a member of the US-led international coalition that has been battling the Sunni extremist group in Syria and Iraq.
He set tongues wagging when he stripped off for Channel 4 dating show Naked Attraction. And now Hull security guard Sam1 has caught the attention of Gogglebox viewers. On Friday night’s episode of the show – which films people commenting on the week’s biggest TV shows – the Gogglebox gang settled down to watch Naked Attraction.
And their verdict had viewers cracking up.
Viewer Ellie said: “I love this programme.”
While Gogglebox veteran June was filmed saying: “Oh my God, what’s this?”
Friends Mary and Marina, from Bristol, discussed how their friends watch the show, including Peggy, “who’s 90-odd”. Celebrity comic Alan Carr also joined in on the Twitter action. He was particularly amused by Mary’s reaction when she compared Sam to a “thumb”.
Mary had said: “Oh no, I can’t watch this, it’s demeaning.”
Giles then revealed he had previously watched the programme before his wife again said it was “intrusive”. But when Sam came on screen, she said: “What does he look like, he looks like a thumb.”
When the naked men were revealed, Hull Googlebox-er Jenny wrinkled her nose and said: “Ooh look at that.”
One of the viewers shielded his face and said: “I can’t watch this…we’ve got f****** widescreen as well, what’s going on!”
In the original show, Sam went on a date with psychology student Alesia which ended in a very awkward confrontation. Alesia got the ball rolling by asking Sam to tell her about himself.
He said: I m 31, born and raised in Hull, that s about it really . Not much of a back story. When she asked him what the city is like, he replied: It s just home to me. She tried to get a bit more out of him, saying: When I think of Yorkshire, I think of grass, animals
But Sam simply laughed and replied: There s buildings, brick buildings.
During a break in the date, she told the camera: He s not talking, I m not getting anything from him . I m bored out my head . It s just bland . There s no I dunno.
However, he had a different view, saying: She s smiling, the conversation s flowing, so she s enjoying it hopefully. They moved on to another bar at Alesia s suggestion to try and get a bit more bubbly and she said the change of atmosphere made a difference.
I m warming to him, she told the camera.
And it seems Sam agreed.
Yeah, there s been flirty chat, smiles, winks, that sort of thing, he said . There could be something there, I think. Sam was then seen moving in for a kiss and the couple left the bar. But six weeks later, it seemed it was a different story.
The couple said an awkward hello, before Alesia said: It s just a bit weird isn t it, because we kind of clicked . You kissed me and I ve not heard anything back – I don t know how to take that, to be honest. He responded by saying: I don t know what to reply to that, I kind of went with the flow and then that was it for me, I m afraid.
For me, it s the distance, where we live and it s not gonna work for me so I thought why keep in touch?
Alesia said: Just be polite and say that, seeing as though you do have my number, you could have said it s not gonna work .
We re just not compatible, you know.
The guard was carrying a cash box into the foyer at NatWest Bank, on the Bull Ring, when he was approached from behind by an unknown man who hit him over the head shortly before 10.20am. Police say the guard, who was wearing a helmet, was knocked to the floor but was uninjured. The male offender then grabbed hold of the cash box before fleeing the scene and getting into a Blue Nissan Qashqai, driven by another male, which was waiting nearby.
However, while he was running to the vehicle the suspect dropped the cash box and contents which have been recovered. The vehicle then drove away from the scene, initially travelling through the Market car park and onto Chester Way . It was later found abandoned in Weaver Road, Castle. Police describe the suspect as a white male, of slim build, who was wearing a grey hoodie, dark trousers and a black puffer jacket without sleeves . He was also wearing a black baseball cap and his face was covered.
The driver of the vehicle is described as a black man, who was wearing a red jacket, possibly checkered, and dark trousers. Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Lianne Macfarlane said: This was a serious incident and we are committed to doing all that we can to trace the people responsible.
The investigation in its early stages and we are following a number of lines of enquiry . As part of the investigation I m keen to speak to anyone was in Northwich town centre around the time this incident occurred and believes that they may have witnessed anything suspicious.
The Bull Ring is a busy junction within Northwich and I believe that there will have been lots of people in the area who may hold vital information .
I m also keen to hear from anyone who believes that they may have seen the suspects after they abandoned the vehicle in Weaver Road, Castle. Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Northwich Police on 101 quoting incident number 273 of 29/8/17 . Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.