Suicide bombing outside U.S. Consulate in Jeddah
The incident happened on early Monday morning local time, which marks the Independence Day holiday in the United States. People living in the area reported hearing a loud explosion, said to have been caused by the suicide bomber.
According to initial reports, the suicide bomber was inside a vehicle when he was confronted by police, after which he exited his vehicle near Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital and the nearby mosque, both of which are directly adjacent to the U.S. Consulate. He then blew himself up.
The blast injured at least two security personnel, though there was no immediate word on their conditions. The consulate itself is closed because of Independence Day, and there were no reports of casualties inside the diplomatic compound.
As a result of Monday’s attack, the security alert in Jeddah has been raised to the highest level and the neighborhood of the attack has been placed on lockdown, according to the Saudi Gazette. Streets in the area have been blocked and a large number of security forces are at the scene.
A U.S. State Department spokesperson in Washington, D.C. did not immediately provide information about the attack. “We are aware of reports of an explosion in Jeddah, and working with Saudi authorities to collect more information now,” the spokesperson said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday’s attack.
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