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One U.S. national was fatally shot and another wounded when a gunman opened fire on their car at a gas station in Saudi Arabia's capital of Riyadh on Tuesday, officials said.

The two Americans were working with U.S. defense contractor Vinnell Arabia in support of Saudi National Guard military programs, a State Department official said. The official confirmed the death of one American and said another was "lightly injured" in the attack, which took place half a mile from Vinnell's base in the kingdom. The official said the U.S. is in "close contact" with the Saudi government as it gathers details about the shooting and its motive, adding that security measures are being evaluated.

Saudi security services exchanged fire with an assailant and arrested him, local police said in a statement carried by state media. An investigation was underway into the motive for the shooting, government spokesman Major General Mansour Turki told Reuters. The assailant, who was wounded in the attack and then detained, is a Saudi national who was born in the U.S., he said, adding that a third U.S. national in a separate vehicle witnessed the attack.

A Saudi man walks at a gas station where a gunman shot and killed an American and wounded another in the Saudi capital Riyadh, on Oct. 14FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP - Getty Images


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