Eight Killed in Terrorist Attack at U.S. Consulate in Jeddah,
Attack Will Not Deter Fight Against Terror
-- The attacks "will not deter us in our fight against terrorism."
says Secretary of State Colin Powell after the December 6 attack
that killed eight at the consulate there.
asked for his reaction to the attack against the U.S. Consulate
in Jeddah during a visit to Sofia, Bulgaria, and responded by
saying: "We deplore this kind of terrorist activity, and
my condolences go to the families of those who lost their lives."
were killed in a December 6 terrorist assault on the U.S. consulate
in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, according to State Department Deputy
Spokesman Adam Ereli.
The dead included
three of the five gunmen who breached the compound's security
gate and attempted to enter the office building of the U.S. Consul
General. Saudi security forces apprehended the other two attackers.
Bush also reacted to news of the attack December 6, saying it
is a reminder that "terrorists are on the move." During
a joint appearance in Washington with Iraqi President Ghazi al-Yawer,
Bush said these terrorists want the U.S. presence in Saudi Arabia
and Iraq to end. "They want us to grow timid and weary,"
he said, through random killing of innocents. "And that's
why," he said, "these elections in Iraq are very important."
said four local consulate employees and a guard were killed, and
another four local hires were injured. All of them were assigned
to transportation, housekeeping and maintenance services, he said.
No Americans were seriously injured and, contrary to earlier reports,
no hostages were taken, he added.
Bush and Ereli both expressed American gratitude for the quick
action by Saudi authorities, and Ereli said that the attack is
a reminder that "we all have common cause in working against
are still gathering details, Ereli said the men attempted to drive
a vehicle onto the compound grounds and, when stopped, abandoned
the vehicle and fought their way in using guns and grenades. They
never entered the Consulate General building, he said, but did
inflict significant damage to Marine Guard residential quarters.
and regional security guards took defensive measures to protect
those in the compound, and moved personnel to a reinforced, safe
area, according to Ereli, who also noted that Consul General Gina
Abercrombie-Winstanley was "in the front lines" of the
indicate some Saudi security forces were also wounded in the gun
battle. Ereli said more detailed accounts would be forthcoming
as the United States works with Saudi Arabia to investigate the
incident and determine security vulnerabilities.
and Dhahran consulates and the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh will be
closed to the public December 7, although Ereli said emergency
aid would still be offered to Americans.
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Consulate in Saudi Arabia Attacked
Saudi security forces say an attack at the heavily guarded U.S.
consulate in Jeddah has left three gunmen and four Saudi guards
dead. A number of people were wounded.
say several gunmen stormed the consulate in the Red Sea port city
Monday and seized a number of hostages. Witnesses heard gunfire
and explosions, and a thick pall of smoke rose into the sky from
the American compound. Officials say two gunmen were arrested
before the attack was over.
been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
say two local staff members at the consulate were wounded, but
all Americans were safe and accounted for.
on the American compound was the latest in a series of assaults
in Saudi Arabia over the past two years targeting foreigners in