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Saudi King’s bodyguard shot dead by friend

Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Riyadh, Sep 30 The bodyguard of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz was shot dead by one of his friends after a “personal dispute”, authorities said on Sunday.

Gen Abdel Aziz al-Fagham was visiting a friend when he had a row with Mamdouh bin Meshaal Al Ali on Saturday night.

He was shot dead after refusing to surrender to police, the statement said, adding Gen Fagham succumbed to his injuries in a hospital later.

Seven people were also injured — two people at the friend’s house Gen Fagham was visiting, as well as five security personnel.

Gen Fagham was well known among Saudis.

He was close to King Salman and his long service included serving as the personal bodyguard of late King Abdullah.

Tributes on social media described him as a “hero” and “guardian angel”.

Inputs from agencies

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