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05 June 2023

Estranged husband shoots wife then shoots himself at court

By Staff

A Saudi man involved in a legal battle with his wife waited for her to get out of court with her father and opened fire at her before shooting himself in the neck. Police said the two were rushed to hospital in serious condition.

Newspapers had earlier said the husband died on the spot but police later announced that he was still alive and doctors were racing against time to save his life.

Sabq Arabic language daily said the unnamed husband had an argument with his wife as she left court in the Western town of Makkah after seeking divorce. He then pulled a gun and fired five shots at her before shooting himself in the neck in a bid to end his life.

It quoted doctors as saying the bullet struck the man just behind his jaw, pierced into his neck and shot out of the other side.

“They were both in the intensive care until late Monday…police are waiting to see if their condition stabilizes to start their investigation,” it said.