Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Probably Killed in Bomb Attack
Created: 2012-08-01 14:45 EST
Saudi Intelligence Chief, Prince Bandar Bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz was possibly killed in a bomb attack on July 23. (ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
The newly-appointed Saudi Intelligence Chief, Prince Bandar Bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz was possibly killed in a bomb attack on July 23 at the Saudi General Intelligence headquarters in Riyadh. Unconfirmed reports from Europe and the Middle East raised the possibility Syrian operatives assassinated him.
Saudi authorities confirmed the death of the Prince's Deputy, Mashaal al-Qarni but did not mention the whereabouts of the Price himself, who has not been seen in public since the bombing.
A source, well connected with leaders in the Emirates, told our NTD Israeli correspondent that Prince Bandar Bin Sultan had actually been killed.
On July 31, the International Business Times and The Times of Israel suggested that the attack was a Syrian revenge of the Damascus bombing on July 18 which killed members of Bashar al-Assad's inner circle, including the Defense Minister General Daoud Rajha.
An Israeli Internet News site, DEBKA-Net-Weekly, quoted sources on July 26, without mentioning names, declaring the blast bomb in Riyadh "was committed or orchestrated by a clandestine Iranian agency."
So far, there is no official statement from either Saudi Arabia or Syria confirming the alleged assassination.