Monday, June 07, 2004

A report by Frank Gardner on the growing sense of insecurity in Saudi Arabia was broadcast just yesterday.

It now seems tragically prophetic:

"Thousands of British and other Western expatriates in Saudi Arabia are bracing themselves for further attacks by al-Qaeda.

"Vehicles were left riddled with bullets after the attack in Khobar. Twenty-two people were killed there last weekend in a raid on the oil town of Khobar by anti-Western fanatics.

"Most of the terrorists escaped and the British ambassador to Riyadh has warned that further attacks are likely.

"This is not the Saudi Arabia I know."