Britain to Take No Part in Saudi Blast Probe

Published November 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia said Monday that British authorities will take no part in the investigation into the suspected car-bombing in Riyadh that killed a British civil engineer and injured his wife. 

"The British government has not requested to be associated with the probe into the explosion of the Briton's car," Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz told Okaz newspaper. 

"And even if the British government does request it, we will not allow it," stressed the prince, who said Saturday the blast seemed "to be a personal affair. 

"The investigation is ongoing. The motives and identity of the attackers have still not been established," he said. 

"The type of explosion used will be known in the coming hours," he added. 

Jane Rodway, 50, walked away with only minor injuries from the explosion which killed her 47-year-old husband Christopher, who worked at a military hospital in Riyadh. 

Riyadh police said they suspected an explosive charge went off in the four-wheel drive as it approached a junction on the capital's main shopping street. 

The British embassy said Saturday they were in touch with the Saudi authorities and were awaiting the outcome of the Saudi investigation into Friday's blast -- RIYADH (AFP)  

 

 

 

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