Blast outside US consulate service in Saudi Arabia as police stop suicide bomber – reports

The blast struck early Monday, as the US began celebrating the July 4 Independence Day holiday.

According to the local Okaz news outlet, the attacker was heading to a mosque next to the consular service when he was stopped by police.

Twitter users say the bomber was shot in the parking lot before he managed to reach the building. He was allegedly killed in the explosion and two Saudi police officers are said to have been injured.

The area has been closed off and security forces are at the scene of the incident.

No terrorist group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Jeddah consulate was attacked with explosives and machine guns in 2004. Nine people were killed in the incident.

Some users suggest the consulate service has moved to another location.

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