2004 Press Release

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia honors fallen security officers
Washington DC

Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Riyadh Province, today honored six security men and one civilian who were killed yesterday during a counter-terrorism operation.  Accompanied by other senior Saudi officials, Prince Salman offered condolences to the relatives of those who had lost their lives in an attempt to arrest a wanted terrorist.

Prince Salman stated: “All of us stand with our brave security forces and we are ready to make sacrifices for the sake of our country.”

On Thursday, security forces searched the residence of a wanted terror suspect, after receiving information from the suspect’s father about the presence of weapons and explosives.  During the search, the group came under intense gunfire, resulting in the deaths of six officers and the suspect’s father.  Two other security officers were injured.  The suspect and several others with him were captured and arrested.

Since May of last year, more than 40 members of Saudi security forces have been killed or injured in counter-terrorism operations.

Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan expressed his appreciation for the efforts of Saudi security personnel by stating: “Our brave security teams put their lives on the line every day.  They are the front line in this war on terrorism and we are proud of what they are doing to secure our people and our country.  They have our appreciation and our gratitude.”