A prominent bodyguard to King Salman, Maj. Gen. Abdulaziz al-Fagham, has been shot and killed in the Red Sea city of Jeddah in what authorities referred to as a personal dispute, Saudi state television reported.
Gen Abdel Aziz al-Fagham was visiting a friend when he had a row with Mamdouh bin Meshaal Al Ali on Saturday night, according to a police statement, which added that at some point, Ali left the house to return there with a gun and then opened fire. The offender was shot dead after refusing to surrender to police, the statement said, while Gen Fagham died of his wounds in hospital. Overall seven people were injured in the altercation.
Al-Fagham was "the bodyguard of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques," the honorific given to Saudi kings, as stated in a one-sentence tweet posted by a state television channel. The post spawned comments with Saudis' condolences for al-Fagham, with netizens publishing pictures of him similarly guarding late King Abdullah.
The best bodyguard al-Fagham, the bodyguard of King Salman, was killed in his friend's house in Jeddah.— ☆AlHoussein sacko☆ (@AlhousseinSacko) September 29, 2019
اللهم اغفر لعبدك #عبدالعزيز_الفغم وارحمه وتجاوز عنه واجعل مأواه جنات النعيم pic.twitter.com/b3VDntIcKX
It's a sad day in #Saudi— نورة الشلهوب 🇸🇦 (@NorahShalhoub) September 29, 2019
One of our heroes has passed away today.. Major General Abdulaziz Al-Fagham, the protector of the Kings.. the whole Kingdom loves him.
May you rest in peace#عبدالعزيز_الفغم pic.twitter.com/g0ynUfkEgr
The details haven't so far been revealed, as the country's Interior Ministry has yet to comment on the matter.