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Two BBC men shot in Saudi capital(BBC)サウジでBBCスタッフ2人が撃たれ死傷
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投稿者 天地 日時 2004 年 6 月 07 日 06:51:28:IVYNMLFehyE6c
 

Two BBC men shot in Saudi capital
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3781803.stm

BBC cameraman Simon Cumbers has been killed and BBC correspondent Frank Gardner injured after gunmen opened fire near the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Cumbers, 36, was a freelance journalist and cameraman working for the BBC and other news organisations, the BBC said in a statement.

Frank Gardner, 42, is a leading expert on al-Qaeda, the statement said.

Riyadh's police chief said the attack was carried out by "unknown elements" at around 1740 (1540 BST).

BBC Director of News Richard Sambrook said: "Our thoughts are with the families of Simon and Frank tonight. We are in touch with them and offering them all the support that we can."

The BBC statement said the two men had travelled to Saudi Arabia last week following terrorist attacks in the city of Khobar and have been reporting from the country for BBC News since then.

It said that Mr Gardner was being treated in hospital in Riyadh.

The attack comes a week after the hostage crisis in the oil city of Khobar, in which 22 people were killed.

Security fears

The southern Riyadh neighbourhood where the gun attack took place, al-Suwaydi, has been the location for anti-terror raids in the past, news station al-Arabiya reported.

Security sources said the gunmen had escaped and roadblocks had been set up in an effort to catch them, the Reuters news agency reported.

The Foreign Office has advised against all but essential travel to Saudi, with officials believing terrorists are planning further attacks after the Khobar killings.

Three of the gunmen responsible for the Khobar attack, thought to be linked with al-Qaeda, were able to escape the security cordon in Khobar.

And there are thought to be a number of al-Qaeda linked cells operating in the country.

Five suspected militants were killed within days of the Khobar attack and the Saudi government has vowed to stamp out terror, with the religious authorities calling on Muslims to inform on plotters.

Commentators say Islamists may be targeting expatriates and the oil industry in order to weaken the ruling house's grip on power.

The Khobar siege helped push world oil prices to record highs before producers pledged to hike output.

It followed a string of other attacks in the kingdom, with two Britons among five Westerners shot dead in the port town of Yanbu on 1 May.

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