Media sources reported an attack near the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Saturday, October 7. Initial reports indicate that at least two royal guards were killed along with one attacker. The US Consulate General in Jeddah has warned American citizens to avoid the area as a precaution. Saudi officials have not confirmed that the attack took place.
Saudi security forces have come under increasing pressure due to the growing threat of terrorism. Attacks in Saudi Arabia carried out by the Islamic State (IS) against security forces and Shi'a Muslims have become increasingly frequent. In June 2017, a planned suicide bomb attack on the Grand Mosque in Mecca during Ramadan was thwarted by Saudi authorities.
Individuals in Jeddah are advised to avoid the area as a precaution and remain vigilant.
More generally, individuals in Saudi Arabia are advised to keep a low profile and avoid public places lacking adequate security measures, or locations deemed particularly likely to be targeted in the event of an attack (e.g., official buildings, military zones, etc.). Report all suspicious objects or behavior to authorities.
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