Loud explosion heard in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh

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An explosion was heard in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh on Tuesday and the cause was not immediately known.

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Several witnesses also reported hearing two loud bangs and seeing a small plume of smoke above the capital just before 1 P.M. local time (10 A.M. GMT).

Social media users have shared videos of a ballistic missile interception.

There was no immediate comment from Saudi authorities, or any claim of responsibility.

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi forces have carried out many cross-border attacks into Saudi using drones and missiles since 2015.

Missile attacks and drone strikes claimed by Houthi forces have targeted civilian airports and oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, occasionally reaching Riyadh.

On Saturday, the Arab Coalition said it had intercepted and destroyed an “enemy air target” launched towards Riyadh.

With Reuters

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