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Help me, I'm a Muslim, stricken BBC reporter cried
SMH ^ | June 8, 2004 | SMH

Posted on 06/07/2004 9:12:12 AM PDT by Eurotwit

Riddled with bullets, BBC correspondent Frank Gardner pleaded for his life in the Saudi capital shouting to bystanders to help a fellow Muslim, a police officer told AFP yesterday.

"I'm a Muslim, help me, I'm a Muslim, help me," the British father of two daughters cried in Arabic, the officer said.

Gardner was stretched on the road, covered in blood from multiple bullet wounds in a slum area of southern Riyadh known as a hotbed of hardliners.

A fluent Arabic speaker with a degree in Arab and Islamic Studies, he was carrying a small copy of the Koran, the Muslim holy book, a device used by Westerner reporters to try to reassure Islamist militants.

He was gravely wounded and his Irish cameraman Simon Cumbers killed Sunday evening as they filmed near the home of Ibrahim al-Rayyes, a wanted terror suspect killed in a clash with security forces in the area last December.

Gardner was in a coma yesterday at King Faisal Specialist Hospital after undergoing emergency surgery.


Advertisement "He is in a coma and very critical," one doctor said, adding however that bleeding had stopped and "he has improved in the last six hours."

The 42-year-old was hit by many bullets to the stomach and feet and transferred to the capital's Al-Iman Hospital.

Saudi newspapers reported that the gunmen had left him for dead.

"Frank is in a critical but stable condition in intensive care after surgery," a British embassy spokesperson told AFP earlier yesterday.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: bbc; journalists; saudiarabia; warcorrespondents
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To: Irene Adler

---Yes, this is not uncommon in Islam. I have Muslim relatives who were going to travel in the ME shortly after 9/11. They told me this is what they would say ("I am a Muslim.") if they were ever threatened for having U.S. citizenship or "looking like Americans".---

So your relatives were intimidated by Middle Easterners for being Americans after the US was attacked by Middle Easterners? Unf'ing believable.

51 posted on 06/07/2004 12:29:40 PM PDT by pragmatic_asian
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To: Centurion2000

Having lived in Saudi there is something you need to understand. "In Shaylah" God willing, is in effect. If anyone helps someone survive they assume responsibility for that individual for the rest of his life. Therefore, they stand around and may call for help but that is it. Wonderful society

52 posted on 06/07/2004 12:31:44 PM PDT by Eaglefixer
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To: Eurotwit
Click the image for a profile. Looks like he’s one of the BBC’s best experts on al-Qaeda.

53 posted on 06/07/2004 12:36:00 PM PDT by Flashman_at_the_charge (A proud member of the self-preservation society.)
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To: BrooklynGOP
" a slum area of southern Riyadh known as a hotbed of hardliners..."

I don't mean to sound uncouth, but he looks much, much too 'white' and certainly doesn't have enough facial hair to be walking in an area of Saudi Arabia that is known as "a hotbed of hardliners". See, Muslims do kill fellow muslims, regardless of what you may look like and how much you personally believe in their religion. We have plenty of race based crime here in America, why is this any different than a Nigerian tourist walking around South Central L.A., running across the wrong people and getting picked off? It's not,except they probably killed him because he didn't look enough like them.

54 posted on 06/07/2004 12:48:46 PM PDT by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is (still ) a Smug and Holier- than- Thou Socialist)
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To: Eurotwit

Maybe a Muslim, but he was a Westerner.

Perhaps the BBC will "get" it now. They want to kill us all.

55 posted on 06/07/2004 1:48:48 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: Living Free in NH

It is always dangerous to drink and freep. There are enough comedians here to do a Broadway show.

56 posted on 06/07/2004 2:18:37 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (America's Enemies: foreign and domestic RATmedia agree Bush must be destroyed.)
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To: VeritatisSplendor

>>>"he's got to spend the rest of his life being muslim or they'll shoot him again."

No more chitlins for this fellow from the BBC.


57 posted on 06/07/2004 3:56:57 PM PDT by Hop A Long Cassidy
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To: johnb838

You mean you did not know that many BBC and Reuters reporters in the Middle East are agents of the Israeli intelligence services?

58 posted on 06/07/2004 4:15:13 PM PDT by Max Combined
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