The Jeddah-based Islamic Jurisprudence Council has condemned the killing of four French nationals in an attack in western Saudi Arabia last week.
Secretary-General Habib Belkhoja said that the crime runs counter to the teachings of Islam. He also noted that the perpetrators of the attack do not represent human values or religious principles.
The four French citizens, all male, were killed when an unidentified vehicle opened fire on their group of nine people while they rested in the desert about 10 miles from the Madinah-Tabuk highway. The Ministry of Interior said that some in the group were on their way to Makkah to perform the umrah when they were attacked.