Saudi Prince Mansoor Bin Maqrin killed while fleeing country: Report
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Mansour bin Muqrin, a Saudi prince who was recently killed in a helicopter crash near the kingdom’s south near the border with Yemen, was attempting to flee the country when his helicopter went down, a source said.
The Saudi Interior Ministry said early Monday that the crash happened in Saudi Arabia’s Asir province as the official took part in a tour of local projects near Abha, some 520 miles southwest of Riyadh.
Prince Mansour was the son of Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, a former intelligence service director and a one-time crown prince of the kingdom. Prince Muqrin was removed as crown prince in April 2015 by his half-brother King Salman in favor of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a counterterrorism czar and interior minister.
But in June, King Salman also ousted Prince Mohammed in favor of installing his 32-year-old son, the now-Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as first in line to the throne.
News of the crash comes as Saudi Arabia pursues a sweeping purge of the kingdom's upper ranks, with dozens of princes, ministers and a billionaire tycoons arrested as bin Salman cements his hold on power.
When the purge was launched on Saturday, there was a ban on the movement of all private planes.