Suicide bomber in Saudi Arabia detonates explosive near U.S. consulate

In this Monday July 4, 2016 TV grab from a footage released by Al-Ekhbariya, Saudi security forces investigate the scene of an explosion in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A suicide bomber carried out an attack early Monday near an American diplomatic site in the western Saudi city of Jeddah, according to the Interior Ministry. (Al-Ekhbariya via AP)

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (CNN)–A suicide bomber killed only himself after detonating an explosive near the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

Early Monday morning, the Saudi police became suspicious of a man who appeared to be roaming around a parking lot of a major hospital, the news agency reported. When officers approached him, the man detonated what appeared to be an explosive belt.

The explosion happened roughly 33 feet (10 meters) from the consulate’s wall.

The Saudi news agency reported that the policemen were slightly injured and that they were taken to the hospital. The report did not specify how many were hurt.

None of the bystanders in the parking lot were injured in the attack, according to SPA.

Police found three devices inside the bomber’s car. A bomb disposal unit used a robot to detonate them, said a journalist who was on the scene.

The Saudi Interior Ministry is investigating the case, according to the SPA.

A U.S. State Department official told CNN that all chief of mission personnel were accounted for. The bombing came after a week of attacks in Turkey, Bangladesh and Iraq, which have left many on edge.

In 2004, the U.S. consulate in Jeddah was attacked by gunmen linked to al Qaeda, who killed five employees.

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