Filipina injured in Riyadh blast, says Ople

By Jerome Aning

INITIAL casualty reports made no mention of any Filipino being killed in the suicide bomb attack in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh, but a Filipino woman was confirmed to have been wounded, Foreign Secretary Blas Ople Sunday said.

Ople said the Department of Foreign Affairs was withholding the name of the Filipino woman pending notification of her relatives.

"Our embassy in Riyadh is providing her with all necessary assistance and we have been informed that she is safely recovering from her injuries. I hope and pray that no other Filipinos were affected by this bombing," he added.

Philippine embassy officials are making rounds of hospitals and coordinating with Filipino community leaders to account for all Filipinos in the Saudi capital, Ople said.

Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Bahn Guinomia, who is in Manila on vacation, has been ordered to return to his post immediately.

"Nothing can justify this act and if the perpetrators think that they are aiding their cause, in the eyes of the world, they are sadly mistaken. If they think that by their terrorist act the world will be less determined to fight terror, they are also sadly mistaken," Ople said in a statement.

At least 11 people were killed and more than 120 were injured in the midnight suicide car bombing that devastated a housing compound, the al-Muhaya complex in the Wadi Laban suburb, behind the al-Yamama royal palace, west of Riyadh. Six villas were razed and another 17 homes were badly damaged.

10/11/2003

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