2 injured in blast near U.S. consulate in Jedda

JEDDA, Saudi Arabia, July 4 (UPI) — A suspected suicide bomber set off a blast Monday morning near the US consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the interior ministry said.

The attack came just before morning prayers and the start of the daily Ramadan fast. Two security officers suffered minor injuries. There were no other reported injuries, officials said.

The bomber “blew himself up with a suicide belt inside the hospital parking,” as the guards approached him, the statement said.

In 2004, nine people died in a previous attack on the Jeddah consulate.

The State Department confirmed “all personnel under chief of mission authority are accounted for at this time.”

The attack comes on the U.S. Independence Day holiday, and also near the end of the holy month of Ramadan, in which Muslims must fast from dawn to dusk.

The US embassy in Saudi Arabia issued a warning after the attack, urging Americans to “remain aware of their surroundings, and take extra precautions when travelling throughout the country”.

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