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High-ranking prince killed in Saudi helicopter crash – reports

/ 08:03 AM November 06, 2017

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A high-ranking prince and seven other people were killed as a helicopter carrying government officials has crashed south of the kingdom, Saudi officials reported early Monday.

The Saudi Interior Ministry said that the crash happened in Saudi Arabia’s Asir province.

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The Saudi-owned satellite news channel Al-Arabiya said the crash killed Prince Mansour bin Murquin, the deputy governor of Asir province.

The seven other alleged fatalities remain unidentified as of posting.

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Prince Mansour is the son of Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, 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 King Salman. The current crown prince of Saudi Arabia is King Salman’s 32-year-old son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Authorities have yet to determine and disclose the cause of helicopter crash, but said a search of the wreckage was underway.               /kga

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TAGS: Accident, Asir province, Crash, crown prince, helicopter, King Salman, kingdom, Mansour bin Murquin, Mohammed bin Salman, Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia
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