Assassinated Saudi diplomat scheduled to move to Jordan

March 7, 2012

Khalaf Al Ali, the Saudi diplomat shot and killed in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, was about to move to Amman, his brother said.

Al Ali’s brother, Khalid, told Saudi news site Sabq that the diplomat had  worked in the Saudi embassy in Dhaka for two years after being posted in Azerbaijan for seven years. “He was scheduled to be moved to Jordan within months,” Khalid said.
Khalid said that the diplomat had called him on Monday to inquire about his brothers, sisters and only son, Nasser, 24.

“We are a family of nine members and Khalaf was like our father after we lost both our parents,” Khalid said.

Khalaf did not have any enemies or problems with anyone, he said.

In Bahrain, Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, the foreign minister, said that the assassination of the Saudi diplomat was part of an open war.

“Evil and criminal hands have assassinated Saudi Arabian diplomat Khalaf Al Ali in Bangladesh,” Shaikh Khalid wrote on his Twitter account. “It is an open war and the criminal is known,” he wrote, without further explanation.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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