A suspected suicide attacker died after blowing himself up near the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the interior minsitry said.
Early Monday, security officers became suspicious of a man near a parking lot in Dr Suleiman Faqeeh Hospital, which is directly across the US diplomatic mission.
The ministry said when they moved in to investigate, the suicide bomber blew himself up with a suicide belt inside the hospital parking; adding that the two security officers were lightly wounded.
The attack happened around 2:15 a.m., July 4, the day Americans celebrate their Independence day.
The US State Department said it was aware of the explosion in Jeddah and it worked with Saudi authorities to know more information.
No one has yet claimed responsible for the attack; a spokesman said ‘all personnel under chief of mission authority are accounted for at this time’.
Still, investigation was ongoing and some people were being questioned for the possible links of the attack, as security sources told Al Jazeera.
In 2004, five people attack the US consulate in Jeddah with bombs and guns, killing 4 Saudi security personnel outside and 5 local staff within; three attackers were killed in the assault then two were captured.