Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz telephoned French President Jacques Chirac to offer his condolences upon the deaths of three French nationals in an attack in western Saudi Arabia yesterday.
The three French citizens, all male, were killed when an unidentified vehicle opened fire on them while they rested in the desert about 10 miles from the Madinah-Tabuk highway. A fourth French man was seriously injured in the attack. The remaining people in the French party, three women and two children, were unharmed.
King Abdullah expressed his sorrow at the deaths and offered his condolences to the victims’ families. He assured President Chirac that the perpetrators of this terrorist act will be brought to justice. The King also emphasized that Saudi Arabia would remain a place of comfort and security.
Funeral prayers were held for the French victims at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.