Guard killed in assualt on Brit housing complex in Saudi

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A Saudi Royal Air Force guard has been killed, and two others injured in an exchange of gunfire with a gunman at a British military housing compound in southern Saudi Arabia.

A Saudi Royal Air Force guard has been killed, and two others injured in an exchange of gunfire with a gunman at a British military housing compound in southern Saudi Arabia.

The complex which also houses American and Pakistani military personnel and their families, came under attack from Saudi university student, Yasser Ahmed al-Qussadi, was arrested shortly after the shooting.

A British Embassy official, said a British Aerospace employee was slightly injured in the hand in the shooting, but all British residents of the compound were accounted for.

The shooting occurred at a residential complex in Khamis Mishait in Asir province, 932 miles southwest of the capital Riyadh, close to King Faisal Air Base, one of seven military bases in the kingdom.

Foreign workers at the complex help maintain the Saudi air force. Security for the 40,000 Americans working in Saudi Arabia - along with an estimated 4,000 military personnel - has been a major U.S. concern since two bomb attacks in 1995 and 1996 killed a total of 24 Americans, 19 of them U.S. servicemen.

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