Florida shooting ‘nothing to do with gunman’s family, tribe’

A general view of the atmosphere at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, where most of the victims of a shooting at the Naval Air Station on Dec. 06, 2019 were taken for treatment. (Josh Brasted/Getty Images/AFP)
Updated 08 December 2019

Florida shooting ‘nothing to do with gunman’s family, tribe’

  • We are all still looking for the truth about this painful incident, Saudi officer’s uncle tells Arab News

AL-AHSA: The uncle of a young Saudi officer who shot three people dead at a US military base in Florida has told Arab News the crime had nothing to do with either the family or the tribe.

Mohammed Al-Shamrani, 21, from Al-Ahsa, a 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force, opened fire with a handgun early on Friday in a classroom building at Naval Air Station Pensacola, where he was on a training program. He was killed by US sheriff’s deputies who responded to the incident.

The officer’s uncle, Saad bin Hantam Shamrani, said the family found the tragedy inexplicable. “Nothing unusual was noticed in Mohammed’s behavior… he was known to love people and help them.

“We are all still looking for the truth … to know the causes of this painful incident and its implications. What happened is a crime that concerns only the attacker and has nothing to do with his family and his tribe.”

My condolences go out to the families of the victims. I hope they find peace in their lives after such a tragedy.

Nedda Akhonbay, communications professional

Shamrani said his nephew had been a distinguished high school student, and graduated three years ago. “He applied to the Air Academy, where he spent six months before getting a scholarship to join a specialized program in aviation in the US.

“The last conversation I had with him was less than a month ago, when he assured me that his studies were going well and he expected to graduate in the coming months.”

The shooting has been condemned by all Saudis, many of whom have lived and worked in the US. “My condolences go out to the families of the victims. I hope they find peace in their lives after such a tragedy,” said Nedda Akhonbay, a communications professional in Jeddah.

“As a Saudi-American, and having spent many years in the US and made friends who became like family, I thought this attack was very close to home, and I hope both peoples work together to get past it.”


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KSRelief launches prosthetics' center in Taiz

Updated 23 January 2020

KSRelief launches prosthetics' center in Taiz

TAIZ: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Wednesday launched an artificial limb center in Taiz, Yemen, providing high-quality prosthetics for up to 600 patients.

Abdulqawi Al-Mikhlafi, who is the deputy governor of Taiz, expressed his appreciation for the Kingdom’s generous support to Yemen across all sectors over the past few years, particularly in the areas of health, the environment and development.

Al-Mikhlafi said such efforts helped local authorities to deal with the many challenges they faced in providing comprehensive services to needy Yemenis.

He added that the Kingdom’s support reflected the deep historical and cultural ties between the people of Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and he praised the Kingdom for standing by the country and its government for more than 50 years.

Dr. Elan Abdul Haq, deputy governor of Taiz for health affairs, thanked KSRelief for its continued support for Taiz and Yemen, assistance he said had alleviated the suffering of millions of Yemenis during the ongoing conflict.

The head of the Artificial Limbs Center, Mansour Al-Wazei, announced that the center would begin receiving patients soon, providing vital aid to amputees for whom prosthetics meant regaining the ability to live full and productive lives.