Westerners in Saudi face new threats | News | Al Jazeera

Westerners in Saudi face new threats

A statement purportedly from al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia has warned of new attacks on US and Western airlines, installations and areas frequented by Westerners.

    Al-Qaida's statement followed Sunday's attack in Riyadh

    "All compounds, bases and means of transport, especially Western and American airlines, will be a direct target for our coming operations in the near future," said the statement, posted on Monday on a pro-al-Qaida site on the internet. 

    It asked Muslims to keep away from Americans and other Westerners to avoid falling victim to an attack by the armed network led by Saudi-born Usama bin Ladin. 

    "We also warn security forces and guards of Crusader (Western) compounds and American bases and all those who stand with America, its agents ... and the tyrants of the Saudi government, and urge them to repent," said the statement, signed by al-Qaida's Organisation in the Arabian Peninsula. 

    Serial assaults

    The statement followed a gun attack that killed a BBC cameraman and critically wounded a BBC correspondent in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Sunday, the fourth in five weeks on foreigners in the kingdom. 

    A week earlier armed al-Qaida fighters killed 22 people, 19 of
    them foreigners, in a shooting and hostage-taking spree in the oil city of Khobar. The assault helped push oil prices to record highs before producers promised to raise output. 

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    How has the international arms trade exacerbated conflict in the Middle East? People and Power investigates.

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.