1996 News Story

King Fahd shows concern for victims of bombing

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz continues to show concern for the well-being of all the victims of the criminal explosion in Al-Khobar on Tuesday, ordering the relevant authorities to be diligent in caring for those who were injured and wishing the wounded a speedy recovery.  King Fahd also ordered Prince Muhammad Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of the Eastern Province, to submit frequent reports on their status.

Meanwhile, King Fahd has been receiving dozens of messages expressing sympathy and condemning the explosion, including telephone calls from heads of state of countries around the world.  Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz has also received many messages of condolence and outrage.

United States Secretary of State Warren Christopher visited the site of the explosion yesterday, and at a press conference before his departure expressed thanks and appreciation to King Fahd, to Crown Prince Abdullah, to Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, to Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, and to all concerned authorities for their good efforts to help those injured in the blast.  He also praised their concern for peace and stability region-wide, and particularly in the Middle East.  Secretary Christopher expressed outrage and condemnation at the criminal explosion in Al-Khobar, saying that it worked directly against peace in the region.   He declared that those who had masterminded the crime will be caught and punished, and that such irresponsible acts should not be allowed to handicap the peace process.

For his part, Prince Saud extended to Secretary Christopher the condolences of King Fahd, of Crown Prince Abdullah, and of all the Saudi people, assuring him that the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will never tolerate any subversive or criminal act against its guests, and will not allow the security and peace of the region to be disturbed.  Prince Saud stated that the Saudi authorities were hard at work to discover who was behind the explosion, and what the motives were, adding that further details may soon be revealed.