2007 News Story

Saudi official denounces killing of French expatriates in the Kingdom

Undersecretary of the General Presidency for Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque Ali bin Sulaiman Al-Obaid today strongly condemned the killing of four French nationals in western Saudi Arabia Monday.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency, Al-Obaid noted that Islamic tradition, values and teachings prohibit such crimes.

The four French expatriates, all male, had stopped with their group of nine people in a desert area near the Madinah-Tabuk Road when they were shot at by a passing car. Two of the victims died immediately, while the other two died of their injuries later on.

In a telephone call to French President Jacques Chirac yesterday, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz said that the perpetrators of this terrorist act would be brought to justice.