JEDDAH: Two teachers have been killed in a shooting at the Kingdom School in north Riyadh this morning.
The shooter is a former teacher that has been laid off years ago, local media has reported.
The shooting was “a case of a disgruntled employee,” Talal Al-Maiman, CEO of Kingdom Holding and chairman of Kingdom Schools told Reuters.
He added: “It is with regret that the administration building of Kingdom Schools witnessed this morning a shooting incident by an Arab national who was dismissed from the school four years ago on the basis of anger issues and an unstable personality.”
The schools’ chairman told Reuters that the victims were Saudi and Palestinian nationals and the situation at school “was contained as of mid-afternoon.” School’s private security guards “followed established procedures” until the case was handed over to government authorities.
The official Twitter account of the US Mission in Saudi Arabia has posted a warning to avoid the area that has heavy police presence.
The tweet that was posted around 2pm local time, states that “shooter still at school. School closed, no children present. Please avoid area,” before another tweet around 3:15 local time stated: “Ongoing security incident at Kingdom School as of 3pm local time. Please avoid area due to heavy police presence.”
Riyadh Police Department has not issued a statement yet.