RIYADH: A gunman killed a U.S. national and wounded another in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Tuesday, officials said, heightening Western concerns over security in the world’s top oil exporter as regional unrest rises, Reuters reports.
Police later shot and wounded an assailant and then arrested him, police said, adding there was no proven information of any ties between the man and “extremist” groups.
“The attack resulted in the killing of one person and wounding another and it turned out they were of American citizenship,” the police statement said.
Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour Turki said an investigation was under way into what appeared to be the first killing of a Westerner in Saudi Arabia in years.
“Security authorities have no proven prior links between him and extremist organizations but they are following his health condition in order to take his statement,” a ministry statement said.
The Saudi Embassy statement identified the arrested man as Abdulaziz Fahad Abdulaziz Alrashid, a dual Saudi-American citizen who was born in Washington state in July 1990.
Alrashid worked at the same company as the victims, and was recently dismissed from his job due to drug-related issues, the statement said.