Saudi Reaction to Boston Bombings

Two explosions rocked the American city of Boston on Monday afternoon, killing at least three people and injuring more than 140. The injured included a Saudi female student whose leg was severely injured. Early media reports said authorities are questioning another Saudi student who was seen running from the bombing area and is being treated at a local hospital for serious burns. However, police stressed that they do not have a suspect in custody.

Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel al-Jubeir condemned the bombings and offered his condolences to victims’ families. “What occurred today in Boston is a heinous crime which contradicts the values of humanity,” he said. Al-Jubeir received a phone call from King Abdullah early Tuesday to check on the situation of Saudi citizens in the US after the bombings, the official state news agency said.

On Twitter, many Saudis expressed their fear that one of their countrymen could be involved in the bombings. According to the Saudi cultural attaché in the US, there are more than 1,000 Saudi students going to school in Boston. Many also expressed their sympathy to the city and condemnation of the bombings. Here’s some of the reactions: