On Sunday afternoon, Saudi authorities reported that a member of the Royal Family was killed in a helicopter crash near the border with Yemen. The death of the Saudi prince occurred a day after the kingdom intercepted a ballistic missile that was said to have originated from its war-torn neighbor.
The prince is identified as Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, the deputy governor of Asir province. The Saudi interior ministry stated that he was returning from an inspection tour when his aircraft came down near Abha late on Sunday. Prince Mansour bin Muqrin Al Saud was appointed Deputy Governor of Asir in April 22, 2017.
The interior ministry also reported that the prince was accompanied by several other officials of the Asir Governorate and local municipalities at the time of the incident.
It is unknown if there were any other fatalities in the crash or the identity of the officials that were with the prince at the time of the incident.
The incident happened hours after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, ordered the detentions of dozens of people, including 11 princes, four ministers and dozens of ex-ministers. Prince Mohammed bin Salman is leading the body of anti-corruption party that has removed a host of prominent officials in a sweeping crackdown in which dozens of princes and former ministers were detained.
Prince Mansour was the son of Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, a former intelligence chief who was crown prince between January and April 2015, when he was pushed aside by Prince Mohammed’s father, King Salman, now 81.