2007 News Story

Fourth suspect in murder of French nationals arrested

Saudi authorities have arrested a fourth suspect in the February 26 killings of four French nationals in southwestern Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Interior announced yesterday.  

Abdullah Al-Mohammadi, a Saudi citizen, was arrested in the vicinity of Madinah yesterday while carrying an automatic weapon. The arrest was a result of a security operation that began during Ramadan and continued through the Eid Al-Fitr.

Al-Mohammadi is the fourth and final suspect in the murder of the French expatriates, who were attacked when they stopped in a desert area en route to Madinah. Two of the French victims died at the scene and two later died of their wounds.

Saudi authorities immediately launched an investigation into the attack and began a manhunt for the perpetrators. The mastermind, Walid Al-Raddadi, was killed in a gunbattle with Saudi security forces near Madinah in April 2007.

Three additional suspects were listed as wanted – Nasser Al-Balawi, Majed Al-Harbi and Abdullah Al-Mohammadi – and a reward of up to $1.86 million was offered for information about their whereabouts. Al-Harbi was arrested in the vicinity of Hail on May 27, 2007, and Al-Balawi was arrested in Al-Jouf Province in July 2007.

Legal proceedings will now begin for those suspects who are in custody.