World Saudi prince killed in helicopter crash

04:36  06 november  2017
04:36  06 november  2017 Source:   bbc.com

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A Saudi prince was killed when the helicopter he was riding in crashed in southern Saudi Arabia near the Yemen border on Sunday.

Saudi Prince Mansour bin Muqrin and a number of government officials were killed Sunday in a helicopter crash some 70 miles from the kingdom’s southern border with war-torn Yemen, Saudi officials and state television said.

A Saudi special forces helicopter in silhouette against the sun, pictured flying during a graduation ceremony for new soldiers in May 2015: File photo: A Saudi special forces helicopter flying in Riyadh, 2015 © Getty Images File photo: A Saudi special forces helicopter flying in Riyadh, 2015

A Saudi prince has been killed when the helicopter he was travelling in crashed near the border with Yemen, state television reported.

Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, the deputy governor of Asir province, was travelling with several officials when the helicopter crashed, Al-Ikhbariya news channel said.

The cause of the crash is unknown.

Saudi Arabia said it intercepted a ballistic missile, fired from Yemen, near Riyadh airport the day before.

Also this weekend, an anti-corruption purge targeted dozens of people, including 11 princes and four ministers, in a move seen to cement the power of the heir to the throne.

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A Saudi Arabian prince , Mansour bin Muqrin, has been killed along with several other officials in a helicopter crash the near the country’s border with Yemen, local media reported.

Saudi Arabian Prince Mansour Bin Muqrin was killed Sunday in a helicopter crash near the border with Yemen. "His Royal Highness Prince Mansour bin Muqrin Al Saud, who was appointed Deputy Governor of Asir in 22 April 2017, was killed in a helicopter crash while performing an inspection in

The anti-corruption body is led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, who died in the crash, is the son of another former crown prince.

His father, Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz, was pushed aside by his half-brother King Salman a few months after he took the throne in 2015.

The fate of the other occupants of the helicopter remains unclear, but Saudi news outlet Okaz said that unconfirmed reports suggested there were no survivors.

The group had been carrying out an aerial inspection of the region at the time, it said.

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