Saudi Arabia gives ‘complete support’ to Florida base shooting investigation

Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani killed three people when he opened fire at the base. (FBI)
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Updated 14 January 2020

Saudi Arabia gives ‘complete support’ to Florida base shooting investigation

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia gave “complete and total support” to a US investigation into a deadly shooting by a Saudi aviation student at a Florida navy base, America’s chief prosecutor said Monday.

Saudi Air Force officer, 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani, opened fire last month at the base in Pensacola, killing three US sailors and injuring eight other people.

Attorney General William Barr said none of the other Saudi cadets training at the base had prior knowledge of or assited in the attack. He added that there was also no evidense taht the other cadets had any involvement with terrorist groups.

The Saudi embassy in the US said: “The disturbed and radicalized individual who carried out this terrible attack acted alone. He does not represent the hundreds of thousands of Saudis who have lived, studied and trained in the USA over the past several decades, nor does his heinous act represent the values of KSA.”

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And speaking at Davos the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said: “The idea that the Crown Prince would hack Jeff Bezos’ phone is absolutely silly.”

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Describing the claims as “absurd” the tweet also called for an investigation into the claims “so that we can have all the facts out.”