KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 (Reuters) – Former CIA Director John Brennan’s wife and daughter were killed in a Saudi Arabia attack by Saudi Arabia-based militants, a Saudi source said on Sunday, adding the country was targeting its own citizens.
The two former intelligence officers were killed on Sunday by a car bomb outside the kingdom’s embassy in the United Arab Emirates, the Saudi source, who declined to be named, told Reuters.
The official, who asked not to be identified, said the family of the deceased couple had visited Saudi Arabia last week to visit their daughter, who was studying at a local university.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the attack.
A video of the attack posted online showed the two men running from the car, with one of them carrying a machine gun.
The blast came after a series of deadly attacks on Saudi security forces and their allies in recent months.
The kingdom has been on edge since the kingdom executed its first executioner, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, on charges of treason in May and has also been hit by a series the assassination of a top Saudi diplomat.
The killing of the two intelligence officers comes a week after a Saudi official said Saudi Arabia’s military was targeting members of the U.S. embassy in its capital, Riyadh.
“It was a targeted attack by the Saudi military and the intelligence services and targeted the embassy and its personnel,” the official told Reuters, declining to be quoted by name.
He said the attacks came days after a senior Saudi official told the United Nations General Assembly that the kingdom was targeting those who have supported the exiled Yemeni government.
The ambassador to the United States, Samantha Power, condemned the attacks.
“This attack is deeply disturbing,” she said.
Power has also urged the United Nation to take action against Saudi Arabia.
The United States and allies have carried out airstrikes against the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen since last year.
The United States has provided the Saudi air force with advanced anti-aircraft missiles.
A Saudi official in Sanaa, the capital, said that the car bomb blast came on Saturday, but gave no further details.
The attack came a day after the attack on the Saudi embassy, which killed the ambassador and other officials, the official said.
The Yemeni official said the car attack came shortly after Saudi officials confirmed that the Saudi intelligence services had carried out a car bombing at the headquarters of the United Airlines subsidiary.
The U.N. Security Council has approved the deployment of a United Nations mission to Yemen.
The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump would be meeting on Monday with the Saudi ambassador to Washington, Mohammad al-Assiri.
Ahead of Trump’s meeting with al- Assiri, the State Department said the Trump administration would not tolerate Saudi Arabia being treated like a regional leader or an ally of the kingdom.
“The United State condemns these actions, which are in direct contravention of the spirit of the nuclear agreement and all previous commitments that the United Kingdom has made to the region,” the statement said.
“We look forward to working with the government of Saudi Arabia to support the country in its efforts to defend itself against the threat of terrorism and to advance its international aspirations.”
The United Nations and other U.n. member states have imposed sanctions against Saudi over the bombing, which has killed scores of civilians.
The Saudis have blamed the bombing on Houthi rebel forces, who are supported by Iran, which denies any involvement.
The Houthis have taken over much of Yemen and have made rapid gains, including capturing the capital.
The conflict has killed nearly 8,500 people.
The attack was the latest in a series by Saudi forces against the Houthis in the south of the country.
Last month, Saudi-backed forces targeted a Houthi stronghold in Yemen’s northwestern province of Saada.