Saudi played dead to survive gunman's assault on education building

Published February 15th, 2016 - 09:30 GMT
Jabran Al-Malki spoke of his ordeal at the funeral of six of the seven victims of the last week's shooting at a Saudi educational building. (Shutterstock)
Jabran Al-Malki spoke of his ordeal at the funeral of six of the seven victims of the last week's shooting at a Saudi educational building. (Shutterstock)

A staff at the Education Office in Al-Daer governorate, east of Jazan, pretended to be dead when a teacher opened fire in the building on Thursday.

“I lay on the floor and did not open my eyes until everything was quiet. I thought it was a group of gunmen who had entered the building. I can’t believe that I emerged alive,” Jabran Al-Malki was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Al-Malki and the other staff, including teachers were speaking to local media during the funeral of six of the seven victims of the shooting on Saturday.

Al-Malki, who works in the communications department of the education office, said he had just handed over official reports to the director of administrative and financial affairs on the first floor of the building when the incident broke out. 

“I saw blood pouring from my colleagues’ bodies around me and bullets being fired all around, so I pretended to be dead,” he said. 

“The killer then proceeded to the second floor, where he found the security guard and shot him dead. I heard so many bullets being fired so fast that I thought they were coming from a large group of gunmen,” he said. 

Another staff member said, “We were on the third floor of the building and suddenly heard heavy gunfire. We went down and saw the killer shooting at a colleague, and we saw him falling. We quickly returned to the office and closed the door.”

“One of our colleagues went to the roof, locked the door and monitored everything, including the killer as he left the building and drove away in a white car.”

Ahmed Al-Bahkali, the supervisor of National Society for Human Rights (Jazan branch), the incident is “a real disaster, as the murderer is a teacher, the victims were teachers, and the crime scene is an educational site.”


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