The Command Post
Global War on Terror
May 13, 2003
[Updated 12:30 EST] Saudi Bombing: At least 20 Dead Including 7 Americans and 9 Suspected Terrorists

[see previous stories here and here]

LATEST UPDATE:

Fox is now reporting that the death toll exceeds 90.

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Fox:

Ten Americans were killed and there was also "a large loss of life of others," caused by Monday night's terrorist bombings in Riyadh, according to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on Tuesday...

...U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Robert Jordan told the BBC, "There are preliminary reports of upwards of 40 Americans in hospital ... and very likely fatalities in the two to six to 10 range," Reuters reported.

Hospital officials in Riyadh told The Associated Press that at least 50 wounded were taken to the National Guard Hospital, and other hospitals reported at least 10 injured and one dead.

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. that three people were confirmed dead but gave no other details.

Previous links and news below:

CNN:

U.S. and Saudi officials said they suspect al Qaeda in the explosions, which tore through three compounds housing Westerners in Riyadh. Saudi officials said the assailants shot their way into the upscale, gated communities before setting off their explosives-laden vehicles in suicide attacks.

UPDATE:

Guardian is reporting at least 50 are dead:

Between 40 and 50 people were feared dead today after a series of suicide bomb explosions rocked the Saudi capital, Riyadh, overnight. "It seems we have lost 10 Americans killed, many other nationalities were also killed," the US secretary of state, Colin Powell, told reporters as he arrived at Riyadh airport earlier today, within hours of the devastating attacks. "Terrorism strikes everywhere and everyone. It is a threat to the civilised world," he said.

One Australian man was also killed and another injured in the four bomb blasts that ripped through foreign housing compounds, according to the Australian government.

A Danish newspaper quoted Niels Joergen Secher, a Danish doctor at Riyadh's King Faisal hospital, as saying between 40 to 50 bodies were brought to his hospital.

UPDATE:

From Sky News:

Unconfirmed reports say the son of Riyadh's deputy governor Abdullah al-Blaihed, an Australian, a Lebanese man and two children are among the dead...

...The London-based Arabic magainze Al-Majallah said al Qaeda had implied it was behind the attack.

A fourth explosion targeted the headquarters of Siyanco - a joint US-Saudi-owned company.

In a new departure in terrorist attacks, one eyewitness told Sky News Online that two gunmen shot at the wounded as they stumbled from the bombed out wreckage of the Al Hamra compound.

Momen Abu Tair, 34, said there were two trucks - the suicide bombers had tied themselves to the inside of one of the vans - while two gunmen were travelling in a second vehicle.

Posted by michele at May 13, 2003 06:18 AM | TrackBack
Comments

Several wire services are now reporting that the death toll has reached 90, including 10 to 12 Americans.

Posted by: Anton V at May 13, 2003 11:43 AM

Whoops. . . now the State Department is backing off the 90 killed figure; they say it's really more like 30.

http://www.msnbc.com/news/912653.asp?0cv=CA01

Posted by: Anton V at May 13, 2003 01:28 PM

Abton, it wasn't the state department claiming 90, they are serious folks. the 90 dead was claimed by Fox news, where facts rarely mean anything.

Posted by: Mike at May 13, 2003 08:21 PM

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