A high-ranking Prince in Saudi Arabia, Prince Mansour bin Muqrin has been killed in a helicopter crash near the kingdom’s southern border with Yemen.
Sky News reports that Prince Bin Muqrin, the son of the former crown prince and deputy governor of Saudi Arabia’s Asir province, Muqrin bin Abdulaziz was travelling with several officials to visit a number of development projects near the coast in Asir when the aircraft crashed.
The cause of the crash is however still unknown. However, Videos posted on Twitter hours before the crash showed him carrying out an inspection of defence and environmental projects.
The crash is coming a day after Saudi Arabia intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile near Riyadh’s international airport. The missile was believed to have been fired by Houthi rebels from Yemen.
The missile launch was the first aimed by the Shi’ite rebels at the heart of the Saudi capital, underscoring the growing threat posed by the conflict in Yemen.
Prince Mansour’s father Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz was a former director-general of the Saudi Intelligence Agency and a one-time crown prince of the kingdom.
Prince Muqrin was removed as crown prince in April 2015 by 81-year-old King Salman. The crown prince now is King Salman’s 32-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman.
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