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Saudi Officer Shakes Pensacola Naval Base, But Fails to Disrupt US-Saudi Relations

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After the shooting incident at the Pensacola navy base, Florida, Friday morning, the authorities are still investigating the motives of the suspect identified as 2nd Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani. Alshamrani, an aviation officer with the Saudi Air Force, fatally shot three people before he was killed in the fire exchange with two deputies, who were injured.

The incident took place around 06:51 am and left eight injured. The deputies, who confronted the shooter, were also injured and received gunshot wounds in the arm and knee.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is currently investigating the possibility of the attack being terror-related.

While the authorities have refrained from saying anything about the attack at the Pensacola Navy Base, an officer speaking on the condition of anonymity said that Alshamrani open fired in the classroom building on Friday morning.

This is the second shooting incident this week at the US Navy base. Earlier on Wednesday, a shooting incident took place around 02:30 pm at a US Navy and Air Force base at Pearl Harbor. The incident left two dead and one injured.

The attack conducted by a Saudi army man, while being trained in the US, is an irony in itself, especially for the President – as he holds strong political and personal relations with Saudi Arabia’s monarchy. The US, under Trump’s presidency, has always supported Saudi Arabia in its wrongdoings.

With around 850 Saudis undergoing several different trainings in the United States, how can it be ensured that such an incident would not be repeated?

Surprisingly, despite the cowardly attack on the armed force at the military base, President Trump continues to support the kingdom. “King Salman of Saudi Arabia just called to express his sincere condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed and wounded in the (Pensacola Navy Base) attack,” the President tweeted.

“The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people.”

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