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Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat- An official source at the Saudi Interior Ministry, has revealed the name of the perpetrator of last week’s attempted drive by shooting at the US Consulate in Jeddah.

The culprit is Saudi National Mohammed bin Abdel-Raziq Saad Faidi Al-Ghamidi, 32.

According to a report from the Saudi press agency, “forensics has revealed that the culprit had earlier used the same weapon against security men in Taif.

The culprit’s medical report also showed numerous visits to psychiatric clinics.

So far it is not clear for the concerned authorities that the incident is linked with any other party,” the official source added.

In December 2004, al Qaeda militants stormed the U.S. consulate compound in the Red Sea port city, killing five non-American consular staff. Four of the five attackers died in the attack and a fifth was wounded and arrested.

Last month, Saudi Arabia said it had arrested five militants linked to a failed al Qaeda attack on a major oil facility in February, and seized 1.5 tonnes of explosives.

Officials say about 150 foreigners and Saudis, including security forces, and 120 militants have died in attacks and clashes with police in the past three years.

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