A suicide bomber was killed and two other people wounded in a blast near the US consulate in Saudi Arabia’s city of Jeddah early on Monday, the interior ministry said.
Security officers became suspicious of a man near the parking lot of a hospital, which is directly across from the US diplomatic mission.
When they moved in to investigate “he blew himself up with a suicide belt inside the hospital parking” at around 2:15 a.m., the ministry said.
The two security officers who approached him were lightly injured.
The explosion happened shortly before the dawn prayers after which Muslims begin their daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Mansour al-Turki, spokesman for the Saudi interior ministry said the suicide bomber was a “resident,” who was working in the Kingdom.
Turki also described him as a man who was in his 30s.
However, the spokesman said “[the culprit’s] intentions are still unclear,” since the area that was targeted had a mosque, security forces as well as the US consulate.
“Investigations are still undergoing,” Turki added, saying he can not disclose any further information until details are verified.