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Saudi student attacked by unknown assailants in Australia

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A Saudi scholarship student who was beaten by unknown assailants in Australia is in a coma.

Turki Al-Shahri was admitted to a hospital in Canberra and he is still under observation at the intensive care unit, said Faisal Hifdi, official in charge of media at the Saudi embassy.

This was the second time a scholarship student came under attack in Australia within two months. The student was admitted to hospital after sustaining wounds in the attack that took place in Sydney.

The assailants hit on Al-Shihri’s head several times.

“The Australian security forces have launched a massive manhunt to catch the attacker by making use of images on surveillance cameras. The embassy informed Al-Shahri’s family in the Kingdom about the incident and his father wanted to be on his side in Australia,” he said, adding that the embassy is making arrangements for his travel at the earliest.

Saudi Ambassador to Australia Nabeel Al-Saleh visited Al-Shahri at the hospital and met doctors to inquire about his health and ensure the best treatment for him, according to a statement released by the embassy.