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Briton shot dead in Saudi capital

A British man has been shot dead in the Saudi capital Riyadh, raising fears of a new wave of militant attacks.

The man was killed in a car park at a shopping centre in an eastern suburb.

Witnesses said two gunmen in a Toyota car fired four bullets at him as he walked towards his car, before fleeing the scene.

Militants linked to al-Qaeda have killed at least 90 police and civilians in a 15-month campaign to destabilise the US-allied Saudi monarchy.

The attacks in the conservative Muslim kingdom, much of whose economy depends on foreign workers, are aimed at driving Westerners out of the country and damaging its oil industry.

'Senseless terror'

British ambassador Sherard Cowper-Coles condemned the killing.

"His murder will only make the British government more determined to stand with the Saudi government and people in the struggle against senseless terror of this kind," he said in a statement quoted by the Associated Press.

Several Britons have been among the victims of attacks by Saudi militants.

In May, two Britons were among six people shot dead by militants in an oil contractor's office in Yanbu, north of the Red Sea port of Jeddah. Another died in an attack on a housing complex in the eastern city of Khobar later in the month.

And BBC correspondent Frank Gardner was shot and seriously wounded in a shooting in Riyadh in June. His Irish colleague, cameraman Simon Cumbers, was killed.


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