Saudi detains gunman outside US consulate

Saudi authorities detained a gunman outside the US consulate in the eastern city of Dhahran on Monday, said US officials.

    Security has been stepped up
    outside of expatriate compounds
    since last week's attacks

    The arrest came a week after three suicide bombers detonated explosives outside of expatriate compounds in Riyadh, killing at least 34 people.

    A US official said the gunman was detained at 6:00 am without giving further details.

    A State Department official in Washington said an “armed visitor” was arrested at the outer gate of the consulate.

    The consulate closed for the public for the rest of the day and the “incident” was under investigation.

    Saudi Arabia said it had arrested four people linked to the triple suicide attacks and identified five of the perpetrators.

    Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz said the four detainees were members of Al-Qaeda.


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