Saudi convicts 8 in attacks that killed foreigners

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Posted: Nov 18, 2014 6:46 AM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A court in Saudi Arabia has found eight men guilty of involvement in a series of deadly attacks against foreigners in the kingdom 10 years ago, among them an assault that killed a BBC cameraman and paralyzed the news organization's correspondent.

The official Saudi Press Agency reported Tuesday that three of the men were given death sentences and five were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 25 to 30 years. All have the right to appeal. They are part of an alleged 86-member terrorist cell. No further details were provided by SPA.

The Saudi Arab News website says the group carried out attacks on foreigners in the Eastern Province and the capital Riyadh.

The gunmen had killed Saudi civilians, policemen and 36 year-old BBC photographer Simon Cumbers. BBC correspondent Frank Gardner was left paralyzed.