2005 News Story

Prince Nayef comments on Sharm El-Sheikh bombings

Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, in a statement published today in Ar-Riyadh newspaper, described yesterday’s bombings in Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt as a very ugly crime targeting Muslims and innocent people, and called on the international community to work together to eradicate terrorism, which, he declared, harms Islam and destroys peace among countries. Serious international action is needed, he said, in order to root out terrorism and choke off its sources.

Referring to the initiative proposed by Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Prince Nayef urged that the international counter-terrorism center be activated. He stated that condemnation is not enough, and that concerned people should move to combat terrorism at all levels.

Prince Nayef confirmed that a number of Saudis were injured in the Sharm El-Sheikh bombings. He went on to say that Saudi citizens have been exploited by deviant groups; called on the families of members of these groups to give them up or inform the authorities; and gave assurances that any militant who surrenders will be dealt with fairly.

Turning to the situation in Guantanamo Bay, Prince Nayef pointed out that the number of Saudi detainees is less than the 121 reported, since some prisoners have claimed to be Saudi when they are not. The Kingdom, he declared, is working with the U.S. authorities for the release of those Saudis still in detention.