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Bush: ‘Terrorists Still on the Move’

December 6, 2004

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush said Monday an attack on the U.S. consulate in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, showed that ``terrorists are still on the move″ and trying to intimidate Americans. One American was slightly injured in the assault.

``They want us to grow timid and weary in the face of their willingness to kill randomly, kill innocent people,″ Bush said.

A State Department official speaking on condition of anonymity, said the American’s injuries were slight, and apparently sustained during an evacuation of American personnel. All American employees were able to reach a safe area inside the compound, the official said.

Bush spoke in the Oval Office after meeting with Ghazi al-Yawer, the interim Iraqi president.

Bush thanked Saudi Arabia for quelling the attack, and said, ``We will find out more about who caused the attacks.″ He said he was confident Saudi Arabia would share information with the United States.

He said the attack showed that terrorists want Americans to leave both Saudi Arabia and Iraq and ``remind us that the terrorists are still on the move.″

About 9,000 Americans live in the Jiddah area.

The American mission to Saudi Arabia began as a legation in Jiddah, along the Red Sea coast, in 1942. When the embassy was transferred to Riyadh in 1984, the compound in Jiddah became a consulate general.

Some 9,000 Americans live in the Jiddah consular district, which encompasses western Saudi Arabia from Yemen to Jordan. The population of Jiddah is estimated at more than 2 million.

Saudi Aramco employs 54,000 people throughout Saudi Arabia, including geologists, engineers, computer and lab scientists, plant workers, marine biologists, harbor pilots, firefighters, physicians and teachers. Eighty-five percent are Saudi nationals.

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