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An armed man on Wednesday exchanged fire with Saudi security authorities near the US Consulate building in Jeddah leading to his death and the death of a Nepalese security guard, Reuters reported, citing Saudi state news agency SPA.

"A person in a car stopped near the American Consulate building in Jeddah Governorate and got out of it carrying a firearm in his hand, so security authorities took the initiative to deal with him as required, and the exchange of fire resulted in his death", a spokesperson for the Makkah Region police said.

A Nepalese worker in the consulate's private security guards was injured and subsequently died, SPA reported.

The State Department said that no Americans were harmed in the incident.

"The US Embassy and Consulate remain in contact with Saudi authorities as they investigate the incident," a department spokesperson said in a written statement.