On Wednesday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that security forces shot and killed an armed man near the US Consulate in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah.
According to the SPA statement, an unidentified individual stopped their car near the US diplomatic facility and emerged brandishing a firearm. Responding to the immediate threat, the security personnel on-site engaged with the armed assailant as required by the situation. The ensuing firefight led to the death of the armed individual.
The violent encounter also tragically claimed the life of a Nepalese employee working at the US Consulate, who suffered fatal injuries during the crossfire. As of now, extensive investigations are in progress to establish the intentions and context of this distressing event.
The United States has a consulate in Jeddah, a city in Saudi Arabia. Diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have been long-standing, dating back to World War II. The consulate offers a variety of services to U.S. and foreign nationals residing in Saudi Arabia.
Security has been a significant concern for American diplomatic posts worldwide, and the U.S. consulate in Jeddah is no exception. Embassies and consulates have been targeted in the past by terrorists or people with a grievance against the United States, necessitating stringent security measures.
In 2004, the U.S. consulate in Jeddah was attacked by terrorists linked to Al Qaeda, resulting in the death of five staff members. Following that, security was heightened, and a new consulate building was inaugurated in 2019, equipped with modern security measures.