Heavy gunfire and explosions has been reported from outside the royal palace in Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh.
According to eyewitnesses gunfire can be heard in the vicinity of the palace late on Saturday night.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has reportedly been evacuated from the compound to a bunker at an air force base in Riyadh.
The number of assailants, their identity or affiliation has still not been identified.
Several some sources claim that the attack is part of a coup led by Saudi royals who are opposed king Salman,while other reports indicate that the shooting broke out when the palace guards targeted a small drone which came too close to Salman’s place of residence.
Coup Attempt in Saudi Arabia?
Reports about clashes inside one of the royal palaces in #Riyadh
And the King of #SaudiArabia was evacuated to an Air Force AB
Gunfire heard in Riyadh
UNCONFIRMED: COUP ATTEMPT AT THE ROYAL PALCE IN RIYADH SAUDI ARABIA IS UNDERWAY
KING SALMAN EVACUATED TO AN AIR FORCE BASE
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BREAKING NEWS: Reports of heavy gunfire ongoing near Saudi’s King’s palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The king has reportedly been evacuated to a bunker at a military base in the city. Casualties unclear.
More info soon.
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