RIYADH: The United States Embassy in Saudi Arabia warned US citizens to exercise caution in the area around the king’s palace in Jeddah on Saturday after reports on social media of an attack there.
According to social media, Saudi security forces foiled an attack near the Al-Salam Palace in the coastal city, leaving one attacker and two royal guards dead, Al-Jazeera reported.
“Due to the possibility of ongoing police activity, American citizens are advised to exercise caution when travelling through the area,” the embassy warned.
The palace is located next to the King Abdulaziz Road and Andalus Road on the waterfront of the city.
The Saudi government has not issued an official statement confirming the incident.
Groups such as al-Qaeda and more recently the Islamic State have carried out a number of attacks in Saudi Arabia .
In July this year, Saudi authorities said they foiled an attack on the Grand Mosque in Mecca, which they blamed on ISIS .