Another Saudi college student survives attack in the US

Mohammad Zaid Al-Fadheel was assaulted in the state of Kentucky while driving his car

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Saudi student Mohammad Zaid al-Fadheel was recently assaulted by an unidentified group in the state of Kentucky while driving his car.

His father, Dr. Zaid, confirmed the news of the attack to Al Arabiya, saying his son was either attacked by someone using a stick or iron bar and that his son is currently in stable condition after surgery.


Fadheel was struck in the head, leaving a major cut that needed stiching to close the open wound.

Fadheel is an undergraduate American varsity student in financial management.

المبتعث الضحية في كنتاكي
المبتعث الضحية في كنتاكي

The attack comes just months after Saudi student Hussain Saeed bin Abdullah Al-Nahdi was killed in Wisconsin from what authorities say was a hate crime.

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Fadheel's father suggested one reason for the attack might be linked to racism against Arabs and Muslims, especially since the state had voted for President-elect Donald Trump, who had made many racial remarks against Muslims during his campaign.

والد المبتعث السعودي الضحية في كنتاكي
والد المبتعث السعودي الضحية في كنتاكي

Dr. Zaid said another reason could be the assailants may have wanted to steal the brand new vehicle.

The father pointed out that he is still pursuing his son's case over the phone and is following up on the investigation with the security authorities, alongside assistance from Saudi embassy officials in the US.

He thanked Saudi Arabia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Abdullah bin Yahya Almualimi for his personal efforts to provide assistance and the head of the Saudi Students’ Club in America Saleh Awwad for following up.

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