WASHINGTON: The United States decided to deport a dozen Saudi military students for links to extremists and child pornography after a Saudi officer opened fire in Florida.
French news agency AFP reports that in December last year, Mohammed al-Shamrani, who was involved in a Saudi military training program, opened fire at Naval Air Station Pensacola, killing 3 Navy personnel and injuring 8 people. He was also killed by police firing.
CNN reports that the investigation after the attack revealed that more than a dozen under-trained personnel were not involved in helping Mohammad al-Shamrani, but some were linked to extremist organizations while some were involved in child pornography.
In mid-December, the Pentagon had said that the background of Saudi military personnel currently being trained in the United States was reviewed and ‘no immediate threat was revealed’.
Defence officials stopped practical training for military students in Saudi Arabia after the attack, but classroom teaching was in progress.
It should be noted that there are 5,000 foreign troops trained in the United States, which includes about 850 Saudis in all fields.