RIYADH – A Saudi Arabian prince, Mansour bin Muqrin, has been killed along with several other officials in a helicopter crash near the country’s border with Yemen, local media reported.
A helicopter, with a group of Saudi officials on an inspection trip, crashed in the Asir Region in the country’s southwest, reports said.
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The prince was serving as deputy governor of the southern province of Asir. He was a son of Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who briefly was Saudi Arabia’s crown prince from January to April 2015.
A search for the wreckage of the aircraft is underway at the site of the crash, SaudiNews50 reported, posting a video of the ongoing recovery efforts.
Asir Region is located in the southwest of the country, bordering Yemen. The area has seen a number of cross-border retaliatory attacks from Yemen in recent months, reportedly leading to casualties among Saudi troops.