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TA-ATTACKS: Two BBC Employees Shot In Riyadh

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posted on Jun, 6 2004 @ 04:24 PM
A BBC reporter and cameraman were shot in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Cameraman Simon Cumbers died of multiple gunshot wounds and reporter Frank Gardner was seriously wounded. Gardner is being treated in a Riyadh hospital.
Officials have urged all non-essential personnel to leave the country amid fears of continued attacks.

Riyadh's police chief said the attack was carried out by "unknown elements" on Sunday afternoon.

The BBC statement said the two men had travelled to Saudi Arabia last week following terrorist attacks in the city of Khobar and have been reporting from the country for BBC News since then.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

[edit on 6-6-2004 by Banshee]

posted on Jun, 6 2004 @ 04:26 PM

A man has been killed and a Briton injured after gunmen opened fire in a suburb of the Saudi capital Riyadh.
The city's police chief said two people had been shot by "unknown elements" at around 1740 (1540 BST).

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "A British national was injured. He is in a serious condition and is being operated on."

The attack comes a week after the hostage crisis in the oil city of Khobar, in which 22 people were killed.


The Foreign Office has advised against all but essential travel to Saudi, with officials believing terrorists are planning further attacks after the Khobar killings.

Three of the gunmen responsible for the Khobar attack, thought to be linked with al-Qaeda, were able to escape the security cordon in Khobar.

posted on Jun, 6 2004 @ 06:52 PM
Thank you Banshee,
you deserve the credit for this post.

European Voice

[edit on 6-6-2004 by Hoaks]

posted on Jun, 7 2004 @ 09:05 AM
Further regarding Frank Gardner,
"RIDDLED with bullets, BBC correspondent Frank Gardner pleaded for his life in the Saudi capital shouting to bystanders to help a fellow Muslim, a police officer told AFP today."

Lets hope he recovers soon.

posted on Jun, 7 2004 @ 07:18 PM

Saudi security forces are hunting gunmen who attacked a BBC news team in a drive-by shooting in Riyadh.
Cameraman Simon Cumbers was killed and security correspondent Frank Gardner is critically ill in hospital.

The British ambassador to Saudi Arabia said the men had been shot from a jeep with a machine pistol as they filmed in a southern suburb of the capital.

Sherard Cowper-Coles said the area had seen "a number of clashes" between security forces and terrorists.


Good luck to them and condolences to those involved.


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