US Naval base attack killed three, Saudi King pledges cooperation from US
A Saudi military trainee killed three people at a US naval base in a shooting attack, before being shot dead by the police.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, quickly offered his condolences to President Donald Trump through a telephonic conversation.
According to the US authorities, the shooting took place in a classroom as Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.
The attack left eight people wounded, including two sheriff’s deputies who responded to the attack.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said that the shooter belonged to Saudi Arabia, attending the flight school in Florida.
He had the same nationality as 15 of the 19 men involved in the 9/11 attacks, some of whom attended civilian flight school in Florida.
“There’s obviously going to be a lot of questions about this individual being a foreign national, being a part of the Saudi air force and then to be here training on our soil,” DeSantis told a press conference.
“Obviously the government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for these victims. And I think they are going to owe a debt here given that this is one of their individuals.”
Trump said in a tweet that King Salman “just called to express his sincere condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed and wounded in the attack that took place in Pensacola, Florida.”
The Saudi King expressed deep sorrow over the shooting attack and pledged cooperation with the United States, a press agency said.
Police received their first call about the shooting shortly before 7.00 am, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said.
One of the responding deputies eventually killed the attacker, who used a handgun.
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