Saudi King Salman’s elder brother Prince Bandar Bin Abdulaziz passed away

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Saudi King Salman’s elder brother Prince Bandar Bin Abdulaziz passed away

RIYADH – Saudi King Salman’s elder brother, Prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz al-Saud passed away for which the kingdom was gearing up for the funeral on Monday.

“His Royal Highness Prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz al-Saud passed away,” the royal court said Sunday in a brief statement; he aged 96 though the court did not elaborate the reason behind his death.

“A funeral prayer will be performed for his soul… on Monday… at the Grand Mosque in Mecca,” the court stated and added that condolences on his death will be held at his palace in Riyadh.

The prince was the eldest surviving son of Saudi Arabia’s founder, King Abdulaziz and was not said to be a politically active member of the royal Al-Saud family.

His sons hold key government positions as Prince Faisal bin Bandar is the governor of Riyadh while Prince Abdullah bin Bandar is the head of the Saudi National Guard.