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Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz denounces US naval base shooting

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, in a telephonic conversation with US president Donald Trump on Saturday denounced a fatal shooting at an American naval base, according to the state media.

The Saudi king expressed deep sorrow over the Florida shooting —allegedly carried out by a Saudi air force member — and pledged cooperation with the United States, said the official Saudi Press Agency.

“He (the King) affirmed that the perpetrator of this heinous crime does not represent the Saudi people,” it reported.

An air force trainee opened fire on Friday at a US naval base, killing three people before being shot dead by police, officials said.

The shooting, which took place at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, left eight people injured including two sheriff’s deputies who responded to the attack.

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