Saudi prince killed in helicopter crash near Yemen border

Saudi Arabia Arrests Billionaire Alwaleed Al Eqtisadiah Reports

Mansour bin Muqrin, a Saudi prince, reportedly died in a helicopter crash near the Saudi border with Yemen, Al Arabiya TV reported.

Also purged were the navy chief and the economy minister.

The arrests came a few hours after the king replaced the minister in charge of the Saudi national guard, Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah, who controlled the last of the three Saudi armed forces not yet considered to be under control of the crown prince.

The crash follows a day after a ballistic missile launch that was sacked at an airport in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi. Washington has also supported the crown prince's aggressive foreign policy in the Persian Gulf region, lending military support for the Saudi war against Iran-linked Houthi rebels in Yemen and sanctioning the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar. "No one is above the law whether it is a prince or a minister", Prince Mohammed said in a television interview. Many of them are potential rivals or critics of the crown prince, whose purported anti-corruption sweep sent shockwaves across the kingdom Sunday as he further consolidated power.

In addition to Prince Alwaleed, who is one of Saudi Arabia's best-known global businessmen as an investor in firms such as Citigroup and Twitter, those detained included Bakr bin Laden, chairman of the big Saudi Binladin construction group, and Alwaleed al-Ibrahim, owner of the MBC television network.

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal speaking during a press conference in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, on May 11, 2017. It also sends a message that the crown prince has the full backing of his father, King Salman, to carry out sweeping anti-corruption reforms targeting senior royals and their business associates, who have always been seen as operating above the law.

The arrest of Alwaleed and other royals further clears a path to power for the rising crown prince, who in June ousted his elder cousin, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, as interior minister and heir to the Saudi throne.

The attorney general said Sunday the newly-formed anti-corruption committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is conducting investigations to ensure transparency and good governance.

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