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Gunman opens fire in Saudi school in Riyadh, two killed

A man has opened fire inside a school in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, leaving two people dead.

The school, opened in 2000, is owned and operated by a company that belongs to Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

Talal al-Maiman, the CEO of Kingdom Holding and chairman of Kingdom Schools, said a Saudi and a Palestinian national were killed in the shooting.

Earlier Saudi media reports said the victims were a Saudi man and the American manager of the school.

Maiman said the shooting was “a case of a disgruntled employee.” He added that it was carried out by “an Arab national who was dismissed from the school four years ago on the basis of anger issues and an unstable personality.”

the assailant was an Iraqi teacher who had been sacked from the school.

Earlier, the US embassy in Riyadh said in a message posted on Twitter that there were no students present during the assault. Most schools in Saudi Arabia are off for holiday season.

The chairman of the school said the situation had been under control as of mid-afternoon.

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