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Saudi Arabia executes two Chadian terrorists

Saudi authorities execute two Chadian militants for murdering a French engineer in Jeddah

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Saudi authorities executed two Chadian ‘terrorists’ Thursday for murdering a French engineer in the Red Sea city of Jeddah 11 years ago, the interior ministry said.

Isa Barkaj and Isaac Shakila were convicted of shooting Laurent Barbot, a technical assistant for French electronics group Thales, on September 26, 2004, said a statement published by the official SPA news agency.

SPA added that the two Chadians were found guilty and executed in Jeddah joining a terrorist cell inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, belonging to the terrorist Al-Qaeda group.

“This terrorist cell embraces takfiri (apostasy) approach which is contrary to the Quran, Sunnah and the consensus of the nation's predecessors and is working to monitor and follow up the secured and covenanters, before shooting them,” added the news agency quoting the Saudi Ministry of Interior.
Barbot’s murder was the first of a French national in the kingdom during a deadly wave of attacks on the Gulf state between 2003 and 2006, blamed on Al-Qaeda.

Those shootings and bombings killed more than 150 Saudis and foreigners.

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Authorities set up specialized courts in 2011 to try dozens of Saudis and foreigners accused of belonging to Al-Qaeda or of participating in the attacks.

Barkaj and Shakila were also convicted of plotting to assassinate foreign officials in the kingdom, as well as tracking and opening fire on a vehicle belonging to one consulate, the statement said.

They had also agreed to target other foreigners in Saudi Arabia.

(with AFP and SPA)