RIYADH (Reuters) – A US national was shot dead and another wounded in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh on Tuesday, police said, in what appeared to be the first killing of a Westerner in years in a gun attack in the kingdom.
Police later shot and wounded an assailant and then arrested him, said the brief statement, carried by state media.
“The attack resulted in the killing of one person and wounding another and it turned out they were of American citizenship,” it said.
Police said the attack happened when the two stopped their vehicle at a filling station in an eastern district of the capital.
The last reported killings of Westerners by armed assailants in Saudi Arabia happened in 2007 when three French nationals were shot dead while camping in the northwest of the country.