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BBC team shot in Saudi Arabia: Your reaction
Simon Cumbers and Frank Gardner
Simon Cumbers, a cameraman on assignment for the BBC in Saudi Arabia, has been shot dead in the capital, Riyadh.

The BBC's Security Correspondent, Frank Gardner, was injured in the attack by unknown gunmen.

Gardner underwent hours of surgery last night and is said to be critical but stable.

The shooting comes a week after the hostage crisis in Saudi Arabia in which 22 people were killed.

Send us your reaction to the shooting of the BBC team.


Your comments:

My sincere condolences to the family of Simon Cumbers, his bravery will also be appreciated and remembered. Best wishes to Frank Gardner for a speedy recovery. He has been one of the best journalists on BBC World, always providing insight on the dynamics of terror.
Idil Eser, Istanbul, Turkey

Wish Frank a speedy recovery. I know him and wife as friends from Bahrain when he used to work there, and later in Cairo. A man of sharp intellect, and passion for his work. Hope to see him back on TV soon.
Anil Jaychandran, Cairo, Egypt

He really was one of the nicest most genuine guys I have ever met
Philip Bloom, Isleworth

I have known Simon for many years, constantly bumping into him on foreign assignments. He really was one of the nicest most genuine guys I have ever met. My thoughts are with his wife Louise and the rest of his family. My thoughts are also with Frank's family and I wish him a speedy recovery.
Philip Bloom, Isleworth

Condolences to Simon's family, my prayers are with Frank Gardner. He interviewed me on the injustice of the westerners locked up in Riyadh in Feb 2002 and always kept up with the story.
Mary Martini, Manchester, UK

Frank is an ex-colleague of mine from his Territorial Army days and my best wishes go to him and his family for his full and speedy recovery. His knowledgeable and balanced reporting will be sorely missed in the meantime.
James Moberly, Henley on Thames, England

As a BBC cameraman we often feel tremendously lucky to go to places and see things that others never do. It is a privilege that we often think about. War zones are places I would prefer not to cover yet although this is so often where the truly great news stories are. It is a risk that many take and the experience must bond people in a way that combat does for soldiers. God bless his family.
Mark, NYC

I was really shocked when I heard that Frank was shot and injured in Riyadh. He is one of my favourite BBC reporters and I admire his knowledge and effort to understand the Arab world and he brings forward a more realistic view of the Middle East issues during his reports. I hope he will recover soon.
Aziz, Casablanca, Morocco

My sincere condolences to Simon Cumbers' family and friends. I worked with Frank Gardner in Africa where he earned my respect as an enthusiastic and truly professional journalist. Frank, my friend, I wish you a full recovery and hope to have a chance to work with you again in the future.
Will Klumpp, Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA

As a former Engineer at Associated Press Television we had many characters pass through our workshop getting equipment ready for the next assignment. There are two that stick in my mind. One being Simon and the other was cameraman Miguel Gil. Sadly two of the nicest people you could work with have now died in the field. Miguel died in Sierra Leone on May 24th 2000.
Gordon Murray, Calne, UK

On behalf of my father who is out of the country at present, Richard Quinn sends his thoughts to Frank and his family. Richard once worked with Frank at Saudi International Bank and they still keep in touch. He was extremely shocked to hear of this incident but wishes Frank a speedy recovery.
Harriet Quinn, London, UK

Frank, our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mandy and the girls. You've just got to pull through mate - everyone needs you. Your contribution to world understanding and peace is vital. Our love and thoughts.
Jenny Granger, Sydney, Australia

Shocking and very sad news. I knew Simon at APTV - he was always professional and enthusiastic about his work, keen to do the best job he could, a great person to have around. He will be much missed. My thoughts are with his wife and family.
Hilary Bentley, London, UK

Once a Navan man, always a Navan man
Michael Smyth, Manchester

My thought's and prayers go out to Simon's family. Even as a young boy he had an infectious smile and a great sense of humour. And he never lost those qualities. He was a friend to my family and we will never forget him. Once a Navan man, always a Navan man. God Bless.
Michael Smyth, Manchester, NH, USA

We are all devastated here in Riyadh. This simply isn't the Riyadh I know and love anymore. My sympathy to the family of Simon Cumbers and to Frank Gardner.
Miriam, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

I worked with two BBC teams that came to our city, one for World Affairs and other for Newsround. Although the people in my country are really interested in programmes broadcast by BBC, and even though I was familiar with the BBC Radio when I was only eight, we did not exactly know how hard they work and how brave they are. The BBC cameraman took me several times to the areas in my province I never dared to go, and interviewed the figures I could not believe. After working for two weeks, I knew how difficult their work was.
Esmael Darman, Herat, Afghanistan

I knew Simon Cumbers personally as he was a neighbour of mine in Brentford. He was always kind hearted and always had a smile on his face. This is such a tragedy and waste of a live for someone so young. My condolences go to his family particularly his wife Louise.
Dharmesh Sundavadra, London

Simon Cumbers was one of life's gentlemen, one of those rare characters in life who always put a smile on my face wherever and whenever we met. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Simon on countless international news stories over the last decade, and his death - while doing the job he loved - will leave the media community and all those who knew him with an irreplaceable void. Deepest condolences to his family, may he now rest in peace.
Ian Waldie, London

The work of the BBC in its courageous journalism is vital to all who are trying to come to grips with what is happening here
Edward, Taif, Saudi Arabia

Forgive me for not putting my name, but I live in an open project site here in the Saudi Arabian desert, no armed guards here. I listen to the BBC each day and in the loneliness of the desert it's like tuning into a good friend. What is happening cannot be expressed in a few sound bites and the work of the BBC in its courageous journalism is vital to all who are trying to come to grips with what is happening here. My condolences to Simon Cumbers and Frank Gardner's families.
Edward, Taif, Saudi Arabia

As a former foreign correspondent I worked with Simon in Northern Ireland covering the peace process. His knowledge of the situation and his advice on the history and culture of Northern Ireland were invaluable. I got to know him as a wonderfully warm man with a great sense of humour. Everyone knew him as the guy with the wide smile. This is such sad news, and I want to offer his family my deepest sympathy.
Wenzel Michalski, Berlin, Germany

My thoughts and wishes are with the family of Simon Cumbers. Moreover I hope Frank Gardner makes a speedy recovery as we all miss his excellent, insightful and intelligent reports.
Kat, England

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Simon Cumbers' family. I wish Frank a speedy recovery. Unfortunately being in Saudi Arabia carries this kind of risk. If you are western you ARE a target, make no mistakes on this. Life here is unbearable, there is no safe place to hide, the only way to be safe is to leave which the expat community are doing/ planning in their droves. This shooting is just another reason to leave.
Phil Jordan, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

I worked with Simon at ITN and APTN. He was one of the keenest journalists I've ever met. He was charming and funny and lived life to the full. My heart goes out to his family.
Colleen Murrell, Melbourne Australia

Watching Frank on television only a few days before the shooting, I and my family were commenting on his admirable clarity and knowledge, and also on his vulnerability, precisely because he is so clearly understanding of the issues besetting the region. I hope he recovers soon. My deepest sympathy Simon Cumbers' family.
Tony Salmon, Divonne, France

Frank, as a journalist in one of the most dangerous places on earth, your courage and versatility inspire me, your knowledge of security and the clear simple style of reporting makes you one of my role models. God listens; he knows the world needs you. Get well quick man! The murderers who killed Simon just lost one more battle that day.
Okao Joel Tema, Lira, Uganda

Simon run the final relay with your long stride and keep that smile on your face
Ciaran Conlan, Navan

It was with profound sadness that I heard about Simon's death and Frank's serious injuries on Monday morning. I have known Simon since 1983 when I joined the athletic club in Navan, Simon's home town in later years. In all the time I knew Simon, his parents, brother and sister, I never knew Simon to ever be in a bad mood. The smile only left his face as he finished his leg of a 4x400m relay and gladly gave the baton to me. Struggling for breath he always managed to shout some encouragement to me.

Having also lived near to the Cumbers family, I and all of Simon's friends were always made to feel at home. This past year I had lunch with Simon, his wife Louise and some of our relay team. Their joy and happiness was apparent to all who met them as a couple. On my own behalf and on behalf of his friends in athletics in Ireland, I want to express our sympathy to Louise, Bob and Brona his parents, his brother Stephen and to his sisters Caitriona and Eimear at the loss of Simon. The world will be a poorer place. To Frank's family, we will pray for him and all concerned.

Simon run the final relay with your long stride and keep that smile on your face.
Ciaran Conlan, Navan

I only meet Frank and his lovely wife Amanda once but my son has known him for years. I was saddened when Eric called to ask me to pray for Frank's healing. I pray that God will put his healing hand on Frank and guide the doctors and nurses in his treatment. May Amanda and his daughters feel God's presence during this terrible time. May Simon rest in peace and his family be strengthened by their memories.
Greta Hovik, Norfolk, Virginia, USA

I trained with Frank at the London School of Journalism in 1995. I admired him then and he has gone on to be one of the greatest reporters. My thoughts and prayers are with both families.
Sophia, Blandford, Dorset

He made a difference
Patrick Lenehan, Navan

I knew Simon from our time together in St Patrick's Classical School in Navan. My deepest sympathy and compassion to his wife and family. I haven't seen Simon for several years but it was a great boost for me to be able to follow his wonderful work from his time in local radio in Navan, all the way to the national and then international stage. I saw his reports on television several times and on every occasion I was proud to tell my family and anyone else that happened to be around that I knew Simon. Simon is an excellent person and he made a difference.
Patrick Lenehan, Navan, Ireland

Frank Gardner is the BBC's best reporter bar none. His intelligent, lucid and always fascinating reports from the Middle East have been, for me, the highlight of any BBC World Service program. He manages to convey his interpretation of what is happening in clear, precise prose and with an amazing diction that I wish his colleagues would emulate. I passed him once in the souks of Sana'a and by the time I had realised who it was he had disappeared in the crowd. I wanted then to congratulate him on his professionalism and always regretted such a missed opportunity. Frank, get well soon. We all miss you greatly over here and want you back.
Tim Gibson, Brooklyn, New York

I was deeply saddened by the news of Simon's death. I worked him for several years in London with APTN and SNTV. Professionally, he was a good bloke to work with and was never shy about sharing a beer after the job. I particularly remember going out with him as a field producer for the first time... he suffered my lack of experience with grace, reassuring me that I was "browning up nicely". Simon, you deserved better than this. Slán agus beannacht leat... goodbye and blessings with you.
Kevin Maxwell, Sydney

My deepest condolences to the family of Simon Cumbers. I wish Frank Gardener a smooth, speedy recovery - as a politics student with a keen interest in current affairs; I am an avid watcher of his reports and hope to see him back on air as soon as possible!
Shefali Virkar, University of Warwick

I was deeply saddened to hear the news about Frank Gardner - may be recover from his injuries soon. Amongst a group of many brilliant correspondents on the BBC, I have always thought Frank is quite outstanding - his reports are unmissable. His expertise and integrity, and knowledge and understanding of Arabic affairs, culture and language shine out like a beacon. I pray that he recovers soon. And my deep condolences for the loss of Simon Cumbers, one of the many unsung heroes of brave journalism behind the camera.
Judith, UK

The mindless murderous assault on unarmed journalists in pursuit of truth is shocking and should be strongly condemned. There is no place for mindless violence in any society. My sincere wishes are with the family of Mr Frank Gardner and I pray to Almighty for his life. Mr Gardner is a promising young man who is genuinely respected and loved by all and terrorists have no right to attack the jewel of our society.
Mohammad Shoaib, New Delhi, India

I was deeply saddened to learn of the attack on the news team and offer my sympathies to the family of Simon Cumbers. As a news monitor I already miss Frank Gardner's even, informed reports and hope for his speedy recovery. This is of no benefit to any cause.
Gina V, London, England

I have had the privilege of looking closely at the work of Frank and Simon, during my years with the BBC. My prayers are with their families and friends. These are sick acts against fine men of character and courage. I am sure the millions who support the fight against terrorism will win their battle.
Linda George, Dubai, UAE

I feel so guilty that it happened in a Muslim country and for that I am very sorry
Tariq Khan, Islamabad

Frank Gardner is one of the greatest most unbiased reporters I've ever seen. He is maybe the only one who knows what he talks about when it came to every aspect of Muslim life, culture and our problems. He always said what he believed was true. He fights for the truth and is sympathetic to the Muslims despair. I hope he gets well soon. I feel so guilty that it happened in a Muslim country and for that I am very sorry.
Tariq Khan, Islamabad, Pakistan

Shocked to learn a good mate from my Bahrain days was involved in this shooting. Am hoping Amanda will see this and know that my thoughts are with you guys.
Brad Fawcett, Melbourne, Australia

Having known Frank for many years when he worked with the bank in Bahrain, it has come as a complete shock to hear of this awful attack on him and Simon Cumbers. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Frank, get well soon. We need you on the front line!
Susie Walker, Bridport, Dorset, UK

I am so terribly sorry, saddened and want to express my condolences to both gentlemen's families. I have lived in Riyadh and have a daughter that works for the BBC. The whole world including most of all Saudis are shocked at this senseless attack. Please pass this message on to the families and let them know that the whole BBC listening/watching audiences depend on the courage of cameramen and correspondents to keep us informed.
Alfred Andersson, Middlebury, Vermont

These two brave men who sought to bring us truth
Mrs Sue Dewhurst, Hambledon

My thoughts and prayers go out to these two brave men who sought to bring us truth - that utterly precious commodity in this world of lies and deception. They typify the true meaning of the BBC. I wish Frank Gardner a speedy and full recovery. I am praying for him and his family and that of Simon Cumbers.
Mrs Sue Dewhurst, Hambledon, Surrey, UK

My thoughts go to Frank Gardner and Simon Cumbers, wishing for a speedy recovery for Frank, and offering my sympathy to Simon's family. I eagerly await Frank's return as one of the most valuable media experts, always offering an in-depth and objective analysis of the Middle East.
Bassam Jurdi, Seattle, WA, USA

I worked with Simon and Frank whilst they were both reporting from Basra last April; they are both true professionals. My sincere condolences go to their respective families.
Bob, Knaresborough, UK

I am from Navan, Simon's home town and had the pleasure of working with him for four days at Wimbledon three years ago while doing work experience. Simon looked after me taking the time to explain how everything worked behind the scenes at Turner Sports. I am so sorry to hear of his death. What a loss to Navan, his wife and the industry.
Grace Cooke, London/Navan

I have always enjoyed seeing his excellent reports
Maria Vaz Pinto, Lisbon

As an old friend of Frank's, I have always enjoyed seeing his excellent reports that are always so well articulated and was extremely shocked and saddened by this murderous attack. Besides being an extraordinary reporter, Frank is a wonderful, funny and passionate person. My wishes for Frank's speedy and full recovery. My thoughts and prayers go to Frank's family at this difficult time. Frank, you're a plucky guy and I know you'll pull through! My deepest condolences and sympathy for Simon Cumbers' family - such a sad and tragic loss.
Maria Vaz Pinto, Lisbon, Portugal

Sincere condolences to Simon's family and wishing Frank a speedy recovery. He's a wonderful journalist and fascinating to listen to. May he be back soon. God bless him.
Elizabeth Farren, Carlisle

I have known Simon for more years than I care to remember, a top class runner along with Ciaran, Paul and myself were undefeated in the National 4x400m relay for nearly a decade. I also had the great pleasure of running the Dublin Marathon with him last October. I can't add anymore to the glowing tributes that have been rightly paid to him except to say Simon you were very special person and although you have left us in this life you will live on in our hearts forever.
Liam Byrne, Navan, Ireland

From BBCArabic.com They killed a man who came in peace on an honourable mission. Do these criminals think that by such acts they can undermine the government? I advice them to save their "bravery" and their guns for another day, and that will be the day when they face justice.
Abu Aseel, Saudi Arabia

From BBCArabic.com: I swear to God that I feel ashamed of the acts of these mercenaries. They have tarnished Islam and Muslims. Every Saudi I talked to feels ashamed. My deepest condolences to the family of the slain man.
Khaled, Saudi Arabia

From BBCArabic.com: Killing innocent civilians is a deplorable act. What do these killers think they can achieve out of killing journalists? Maybe they were just an easy target. Now the difficult target for our government should be to destroy this group.
Abu Ahmed, Khobar, Saudi Arabia

From BBCArabic.com: My condolences to the family of Simon Cumbers and I wish Frank Gardner a speedy recovery. I cannot understand how these terrorists planned this attack and why the BBC journalists were not protected.
Morad, Khobar, Saudi Arabia

From BBCArabic.com: I was very disturbed by this crime. I feel that they were not targeted because of their profession. The sad reality is that anyone who looks Western is a target for these killers. This reminds me of the killing of an Indian Sikh in the US soon after 9/11 because he was dark skinned and wearing a beard and a turban.
Bahauddin, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Best wishes to Frank Gardner, for a good recovery. He's an excellent journalist/reporter, with such an amazing grasp of the terrorist problems in the Middle East. His knowledge is needed so badly in these difficult times. Condolences also to Simon Cumbers' family - these cameramen are doing such a brave job, to bring us the information we need.
Judy MacDonald, Cornwall, UK

Shock and sadness are the only emotions following the tragedy of Simon Cumbers' death and Frank Gardner's injuries. My thoughts go to Mr Cumbers' family and loved ones and to Frank and his family. Many years ago I used to work with Frank in the City and remember well his energy, his humour and his passion for foreign affairs. Frank, like your family and all your friends, we await anxiously to hear of your complete recovery. Your dedication and courage are an example to us all.
Bruno Curnier, Guildford, Surrey

My deepest condolences to the families of Simon and Frank. Frank is a wonderful person and a thorough gentleman who I know from his banking days, he now works as a BBC correspondent and I always give attention to his reports. I wish you a speedy recovery I am sure you going to make it. Get well Soon.
Zafar Raja, Alkhobar

I always stop and listen to what he has to say, no matter what I am doing
John, London, UK

This attack has really sickened me. I want to express my deepest sympathy to Simon and his family. You don't normally get to see the guy behind the camera so I admit I didn't know of Simon before, but I am suddenly keenly aware of the risks he took in the line of his job, for people like myself who only switch the TV on at 6.0 clock. And the shooting of Frank Gardner has upset me in a way I find hard to put into words. His views inspire immediate confidence. I always stop and listen to what he has to say, no matter what I am doing. Please God, he will have a full recovery.
John, London, UK

I was in Riyadh last week and found myself one of the very few westerners who ventured outside my hotel bedroom to skitter from mall to mall in the city's centre. Before I left Dublin, I read all of Frank's reports that I could find - I would not have known how serious was the situation without his clear and decent reporting. My condolences to the Simon's family and my best wishes to Frank for a speedy recovery and my thanks for forewarning me of what it's like.
Robin Hilliard, Dublin, Ireland

I wish those who did this terrible crime are arrested as soon as possible and be punished publicly so other terrorists will learn how tough we should be. They knew these were Journalists - why did they have to kill them? They are civilians and did not do anything. For myself, I am big fan of Mr Gardner. Hopefully he will have a fast recovery. My condolences to Mr Cumbers' family and friends.
Mohammed Ibraheem Rashed, UAE

I am appalled at the terrible news about the shooting of the BBC team in Riyadh. I follow news in Saudi very closely and rely heavily on Frank Gardner's excellent reports. May he recover swiftly and my deepest sympathy to the family of Simon Cumbers.
S Winrad, South Korea

I'd always seen how Frank Gardner was easily showing us the reactions of the Arab world to various issues by reading from their websites and papers and I'd truly admired him for his deep knowledge of the region and its language. I don't know any other Western journalist who is so fluent in Arabic. The World needs more of these kinds of journalists.
Hossein Derakhshan, Toronto, Canada

Frank Gardner is one of my favourite correspondents. He is so crisp and every word he speaks is so well thought through. I wish a speedy recovery to Frank. Behind every report, there is a cameraman, who we rarely get to see. My thoughts are with Simon Cumbers family.
Vivek Menon, Paris, France

As a former journalist with friends now reporting from Saudi Arabia, I offer my sympathies. These men knew the risks and they were part of the equation: Journalists are increasingly a target in military events and civil strife - remember the US bombing of Al-Jazeera's office in Iraq.
Jake, Tokyo, Japan

Usually, when I hear Frank Gardner reporting on the radio, I stop what I'm doing and turn up the volume. His reports strike me as consistently well researched, balanced and waffle-free. I have relied on him to explain to me much about the current tension in the world. My condolences to Mr Cumbers' family and friends. I sincerely hope Frank pulls through.
Simon, UK

These guys put themselves in the line of fire (unarmed) to bring us the truth. Mostly unseen, not appreciated. My deepest condolences to the bereaved.
Phil Cooper, London, UK

Horrified at another attack on innocent people
Mark & Jackie, Dallas, Texas
Disgusted and horrified at another attack on innocent people. Our sympathy goes out to Simon's family. I used to ski with Frank (Guy, Pete etc) and have watched you from afar on the news. Get well soon and look forward to seeing on the news again. I know you will be back, you never give up. Get well soon.
Mark & Jackie, Dallas, Texas

My sincere condolences to the family of Simon Cumbers and to his friends and colleagues. I pray that Mr Gardner will recover soon. I have the greatest respect for the journalists who cover international news for the BBC, and particularly in dangerous locations such as Saudi Arabia at the moment. You are the best, and your team has suffered a terrible blow. I would like to thank you all while offering my sympathy.
David Irwin, St Petersburg, FL, USA

I am appalled by the attack. They were journalist and I have great respect for Frank Gardner. Our thoughts are with the family of Simon Cumbers on the tragic loss. Our prayers are with both and I hope Frank recovers soon.
Siraj Ahsan, Dubai, UAE

I am shocked when I read the news. Frank is a brilliant BBC Correspondent who always sheds light on important Middle East topics in a very objective balanced manner. My thoughts are also with Simon Cumbers' family.
Omar, Egypt

I will never read the news again without thinking about the people that bring it to me
Alexander Glass, Urbana

I wish to express my deepest regrets and sympathy to the family of Simon Cumbers and his colleagues at the BBC. I am a regular reader and listener of news provided by the BBC. This horrible event has once again made it clear to me that many of your staff put their lives at risk to provide the world with unparalleled access to information and world events. By their work, Simon Cumbers and Frank Gardner make the backbone of democracy - an educated, informed public - possible. For that I am deeply grateful. I will never read the news again without thinking about the people that bring it to me. My thoughts are with the family of Simon Cumbers. All the best and a swift recovery to Frank Gardner.
Alexander Glass, Urbana, IL, USA

What has happened is really sad indeed. Frank Gardner came to our college once to do a program on this region. He seemed like a very good person.
Alia al Mulla, Dubai, UAE

I knew Simon for many years and found him to be one of the nicest and likeable blokes you could ever meet. My thoughts and condolences go out to his friends and family at this terrible time.
Gavin Davidson, Brisbane, Australia

I'm outraged at the attack on innocent journalists. I have so much respect for Frank, whose reporting over the years has been superb. My condolences go out to the journalist who was murdered, and wish Frank a speedy recovery and return to what he does best. My fellow Muslims and I see as Frank as a brother. My heart goes out to him.
Bilal, London

I am saddened and shocked by the death of Simon Cumbers. At times, one is relatively untouched by the frightful happenings until it involves someone you know. I didn't work with Simon but I knew Louise and him as friends. Simon was always good-natured, kind, entertaining, thoughtful and through his work, hoped for a better world. Let Simon's work not be in vain. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to Louise and the family and my wishes for a speedy recover for Frank.
Weenson Oo, Richmond, Surrey

While those in front of the camera are known to us, those behind the lens are the unsung heroes
Barry Freeman, Amsterdam

While those in front of the camera are known to us, those behind the lens are the unsung heroes; Simon is one such person and condolences are sent to his family. I wish Frank Gardner a speedy recovery from this tragic event. His eloquence in delivery in his reports is something rare nowadays. I have always enjoyed his reports and I hope that we shall be able to enjoy many more from this talented reporter. This situation does highlight, however, the dangerous environment in which the press can find themselves.
Barry Freeman, Amsterdam, Netherlands

My condolences to Mr Cumbers' family on their tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with Frank's family - I worked with him for many years in the City and he was always thoughtful and compassionate, indeed passionate about the affairs in the Arab nations. I pray for his speedy recovery.
Emma Talbot-Willis, London, England

These two brave men (like all BBC correspondents) put their lives on the line everyday to enlighten the world. They both deserve admiration and our complete support. My prayers and thoughts go out to the families of these two courageous men. We must all show our gratitude and wish well Mr Gardener in his hours of need.
Armana, Paisley, Scotland

As a journalist myself it is always sad to hear of a colleague's passing, especially in such a violent way. Men like Frank and Simon should be held on a pedestal for their bravery in reporting matters that put them in harm's way. The world needs men like them to show to the world what is happening in areas where the ordinary public dare not tread. I sincerely hope that Simon's death does not lead to a journalistic withdrawal from dangerous parts of the world, as I'm sure this would be a consequence of Simon's death that he would not have wanted.
Phill Tromans, Cheltenham, UK

The killing of BBC journalists is sad, just as sad as the killing of Al-Jazeera journalists, and not just journalists, killing of any human being.
Umar Saeed, Oxford, UK

My deepest regret and sympathy goes to the family of Mr Simon Cumbers for the loss of a true hero.
Yahya M Jamal, Lebanon

To hear of any journalist's death is always a dreadful shock and a huge wake-up call as to just how precarious life can be as a reporter. We knew Frank in Bahrain many years ago. He was always very animated and plucky then (during the first Gulf War). Our thoughts and love are with you Frank and your family. Simon Cumbers ruthless murder is unforgivable and tragic. My thoughts go out to his friends and family.
Rebecca Wright, Singapore

I wish to extend my condolences to Simon's family and partner. This was tragic as Simon was my neighbour, and Frank and I were in the same regiment. When people such as Simon and Frank are put on the line to bring an understanding of such events into our rooms, then the price to be paid can sometimes be too high. I pray for Frank and for strength for all those who know and are devastated by the loss of Simon.
Chris Cheshire, Ealing, UK

Those of us who live in Saudi Arabia, as I do with my family, see Frank's reporting as one of the few credible sources of reliable information
George, Al Khobar

I was very saddened to hear of the attacks on your news team in Riyadh yesterday. Those of us who live in Saudi Arabia, as I do with my family, see Frank's reporting as one of the few credible sources of reliable information. He is listened to by the larger expat community and seen as someone who actually knows the place, the people and the real situation. It is refreshing to get a report on what is happening from someone within the country and not a nearby Arab capital.

I would like to send my condolences to the family of Simon Cumbers and please send Frank my very best wishes, and I hope he gets well soon. Without people like this important stories would not be told, and I suspect Saudi will become ever increasingly newsworthy.
George, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia

It is devastating to hear that Simon Cumbers has died here in Saudi. I'm an ardent fan and watch BBC News all the time here. My heart and prayers goes out to his family and friends and his colleagues. BBC has lost one of its jewels who worked for the betterment of humanity by showing the world the truth through the news. May God bestow peace upon him.
Ali Siddiqui, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

I have nothing to say about the assailants as they do not merit a second of anyone's time. I am, however, a big fan of the BBC and have particular respect for Frank Gardener. My sincere sympathy to the family of your cameraman and best wishes to Frank for a speedy recovery.
Pete, Denmark

I worked with Simon during the Good Friday Agreement referendum and Drumcree in 1998. He was decent, kind and generous with his advice and experience. That makes me personally sad. As a journalist, I am both concerned and outraged by the targeting of journalists by seemingly all sides in the War on Terror. Recent murders of journalists in Colombia, Chechnya, Palestine, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan smack of something other than unhappy accidents. There are people out there, state and non-state, who have decided that a free press is not only an inconvenience but a threat. Such thinking has cost lives in the UK too: Remember Martin O'Hagan, murdered two tears ago by Ulster loyalists.
John O'Farrell, Belfast

I thank all the brave men and women that go into these areas of danger
Michael, Swansea

I wish to express my deepest sympathy to the family of Simon Cumbers and my sincere hope that Frank Gardner recovers fully from his injuries. All decent people will condemn this outrageous attack; let us hope that the Saudi government and security forces move speedily to bring the perpetrators to justice. I thank all the brave men and women that go into these areas of danger, to provide myself and the rest of the country with the information they so bravely do. Thank you one and all.
Michael, Swansea, Wales

My father was a reporter with RTE many years ago and nobody knows better than myself the risks these people take when just going about their working day. My sympathies and good wishes respectively.
Patrick Dent, Kings Lynn, United Kingdom

I was shocked to listen that the journalists were attacked. I wish quick recovery to Mr Gardner. I was always astonished by the knowledge of Mr Gardner in Middle Eastern security issues and also his passion for reporting them to the world. Hope he would once again bring his interesting stories to us his audience. Get well Mr Gardner!
Asnake, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Living in Saudi Arabia I know at first hand the risks expatriates have to endure. My sincerest condolences go out to the families and friends of the journalists murdered and injured.
Jonathan Davies, Jeddah, KSA

I feel deeply shocked to hear about loss of BBC staff in KSA. It is their brave efforts which bring on-the-spot impartial news to people all over the world. May Almighty rest their noble, innocent souls in the best heaven. BBC is in the very core of my heart, listening everyday so many times.
Ehtesham Huq, Butare, Rwanda

I am an Irish citizen, working in Riyadh for the last two months. There has been no reportage in the Saudi press of the shooting of Simon Cumbers and Frank Gardner, despite the official statements of some Saudi ministers to Western media.
John Peterson, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

I used to work with Simon Cumbers. He was a kind hearted, wonderful man with a very infectious sense of humour. My condolences to his wife and family and I'm sure all his friends will be deeply shocked and upset by this tragic news.
Steve Uzochukwu, Maidstone, UK

As a Muslim Arab I feel outraged and extremely embarrassed that such a barbaric crime has been carried out in the name of Islam. I know Frank Gardner personally as my sister worked with him at the BBC in Jerusalem for a number of years and I can truly say he is one of the nicest and friendliest BBC journalists I have come across. He speaks fluent Arabic and is well accustomed to Arab culture having spent a considerable time in Yemen and he has many Arab friends. Frank if you are reading this Rawia and I are thinking of you and wishing you a very quick recovery, hang in there mate we know you will pull through! Our thoughts are with you and your family and also with the family of Simon Cumbers who lost a fine and decent journalist.
Mustafa Alami, London, UK

My deepest condolences to the families of Simon and Frank. Frank is a wonderful correspondent and I always give attention to his reports.
Jackson, Muscat, Oman

I strongly condemned the attack on BBC journalists. It is terrible. The attackers don't represent the wide opinion of Muslims through out the world who feels ashamed on such kind of incidents. My sympathies are with Frank Gardner and his colleague's family.
Najaf, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

We send our best wishes and hopes for a full recovery to Frank Gardner. He earned our respect when my husband spent time with him in the Middle East.
L&P

This is truly a very very sad day indeed for journalism globally and goes to show that terrorism in its blind pursuit of revenge and destruction does not respect innocent life. My heartfelt condolences to Simon's family, and would like to take this opportunity to wish Frank a full and speedy recovery from all his numerous friends in Dubai.
Tejan Fadlu-Deen, Kuwait

He was immensely professional, hugely likeable and always a pleasure to work with
Angela Thomae, London

I was devastated to hear of Simon's death this morning. I first met Simon back in 1994 when we were both working at APTN then in its infancy. He was immensely professional, hugely likeable and always a pleasure to work with. My heart goes out to his family, his friends and all his colleagues.
Angela Thomae, London, UK

It is really sad and tragic to see the attack on journalists who are in service to humanity. They bring out only but the truth by endangering their lives. I express my condolences to the bereaved family.
Anoop Golchha, Indore, India

My sincere and heartfelt sympathies go to Simon Cumbers' family and friends. I hope that Frank Gardner will pull through. We need journalists like Simon and Frank to tell us the truth and what is going on in controlled societies. Please, please do not let this tragic and sad episode that it is, stop other brave and courageous journalists from reporting from difficult conflict zones.
Manu Shah, Abingdon, UK

As a former TV journalist, specialising in Islam and the Middle East, I have always admired the way Frank Gardner expertly, honestly and fairly reports the views and grievances of Islamic radicals.
Jeffrey Lee, London, UK

He was a pleasure to be on the job with - a wicked sense of humour and a real gentleman
Dee Murphy, Athens

Being a current BBC fixer/producer I enjoyed working with Simon Cumbers here in Greece several times. He was a multi talented man professionally with a wealth of interests to boot! More than that he was one of those people you looked forward to working with not just because of his extensive professional skills but also because he was a pleasure to be on the job with - a wicked sense of humour and a real gentleman - the world needed men like him and will be a lot worse off without Simon. My thoughts go to his family and to Frank Gardner for a speedy recovery.
Dee Murphy, Athens, Greece

Frank Gardiner has been a friend for many years. He and his family are foremost in our thoughts, and we hope he is soon back on his usual form as one of the BBC's finest journalists.
L Jacketson, Tunbridge Wells

I was shocked to hear of this tragic shooting. I follow Frank Gardner's BBC filed and live location two-way and studio reports and analysis closely and my I pray that Frank pulls through. Thoughts are with Simon Cumbers' and Frank's respective families.
Jaspal Hothi, Slough, UK

My sincere condolences to Simon Cumbers' family and best wishes to Frank Gardner and his family in hoping he gets better soon.
H Mustafa, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

I was shocked and saddened to hear the incidents of BBC correspondent and cameraman who were and always do wonderful job. I offer my heartfelt condolence to Mr Simon Cumbers' family. I hope and wish for Mr Frank Gardner's speedy recovery.
Rameez, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

My heartfelt sympathies go out to Simon Cumbers' family and hope Frank Gardner will pull through and get well soon.
Hilary, Reading, Berkshire

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends/colleagues of Simon Cumbers. Rest in peace. To Frank Gardner's family/friends/colleagues. I am so very sorry, as a disabled person in Watford an avid BBC viewer, I like watching/listening to Frank speaking on various issues. I wish him a full recovery.
Judi Butler, Watford

He was a very nice and helpful character to work with, apart from being an excellent cameraman
Alberto Letona, Barrika

I have known Simon for some years as we worked together in Spain on different occasions. He was a very nice and helpful character to work with, apart from being an excellent cameraman. My thoughts are with Simon's family. I hope that Frank Gardner comes back very soon to full health.
Alberto Letona, Barrika, Spain

Sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Simon Cumbers, and wishing Frank Gardner a speedy and full recovery.
Carsten, Dubai, UAE

I am very sorry to hear of the death of Simon Cumbers and the injuries sustained by Frank Gardner. I hope that he recovers from these injuries soon and I'm sure many people will be thinking of them both and of their families today.
Jo

My deepest condolences go out to the family of Cumbers, and all our prayers are with Gardner and we wish him to get better soon. He is an outstanding reporter and has earned much respect among us, the British Muslim community.
D Khan, London

My thoughts and prayers this morning are for Simon's family and loved ones. Also for Frank Gardner's complete recovery. I'm a retired journalist and have been shocked by this latest attack in Saudi.
Derek Ralphs, Bolton, UK

The odds against becoming a victim have narrowed considerably
Roger Radford, Ilford

As a former AP correspondent in Tel Aviv, I have covered both conventional and unconventional wars. I was often scared, but more so when confronted by terror situations. I am sure that Cumbers and Gardner overcame their fears by doing what journalists do in hairy situations: concentrate on the job in hand. But there always must be a balance between unnecessary risk and the desire to get the story. If just being a news cameraman on the streets of Saudi Arabia makes one a target, then the odds against becoming a victim have narrowed considerably.
Roger Radford, Ilford, UK

Totally shocked. My heart is with their families. As an Egyptian journalist, I cannot stop thinking how our countries have turned into terrorist spots where innocent people are irrationally killed. It is a very tragic and very serious situation. Rania Oteify, Cairo, Egypt

I am so very sorry. Your service to the world giving important information to ensure the free world remain free will never be forgotten. It is people like Simon Cumbers who throw light on issues that would otherwise fester and become a serious threat to our world today. Thank you good Sir for all you have done and I hope we can ensure your work is completed by eradicating militant activity through media, education and peaceful means.
Mark Campling, London/Tehran

Come on Frank - the Lawrence of Arabia of the BBC - hang on in there mate
Alex Spofforth, Chichester

Frank and I go back a long way. He has always had an undying passion for the Arab States and its people. He knows them and he knew what he was doing; it will have come as no surprise to him to have been shot. It's precisely this awareness of danger and risk, and the fact that he is prepared to live with it and alongside it that makes his reporting a cut above the rest. He doesn't just view that world, he lives it - he knows the history and the context for his reports. That's why you must pull through Frank - we need your lucid and powerful reports which have never been about hype and jingoism, but are the essence of good BBC reporting, punchy, informed and on the button. Come on Frank - the Lawrence of Arabia of the BBC - hang on in there mate.
Alex Spofforth, Chichester, Sussex

I am an ardent fan of BBC, watch it regularly. I was shocked at the news of the two journalists being shot at in Riyadh. My heartfelt condolences to the BBC and to the family of Mr Cumbers. And best wishes to Mr Frank Gardner for a speedy recovery. Hope to see him soon on BBC.
Archana Suresh Kotwal, Kuwait

Frank Gardner's reports cut through BBC News like a knife, accurate and influential, authoritive and stentorian in an older BBC way. Front line camera men and women are undersung in an increasingly chaotic world.
Anon, UK

I was acquainted with Simon through a friend in Dublin, a few years ago. I remember him as a very pleasant, intelligent and nice guy. It is such a sadness that his life was cut in its prime.
S Roche, Zurich, Switzerland

My thoughts are with the family of Simon Cumbers, killed doing a job he loved and believed in. My thoughts also extend to Frank Gardner's family, they who are so far away from him while he is here away from the people who love him and need him as much as them. Can we just for two minutes stop and think about these two people and their extended families. Simon, may your soul rest in peace and Frank, I pray for you to get through this and home.
Alyson, Riyadh, KSA

Nine years ago, Simon and I were colleagues at APTV (as was) in London. He asked if he might ask me a few questions regarding 'camera operation'. I gladly spent time with him, explaining the in's and out's, both technical and creative. Already a well-qualified journalist, he wanted to shoot and edit his own reports. From there he went on to become a highly proficient freelance cameraman/editor. His huge beaming smile and affable character made him ideal for the work he went on to do. A lovely bloke.
Stuart M, Paris

I feel for the family of Simon Cumbers for such a great loss and all fellow journalists. I pray to God that Frank Gardner comes through this - this is sad news.
Halima Athumani, Kampala, Uganda

A tragedy indeed that two innocents had to meet such a sad fate. Condolences to the friends and family of the deceased and support to those of the injured. Attacks such as this one and their increasingly common frequency reflect a disturbing trend.
Sahand, California, US

I express my deepest gratitude to both brave men, who made the ultimate sacrifice searching for the truth and reflecting it to us. I hope BBC will continue it's leading role of presenting excellent news services to the whole world.
Mayik, Ohio, USA

Heartfelt sympathy to both families. We owe much to these individuals for their true reporting of the situation in Saudi Arabia. Militant attacks have been going on for some time, not just over the last year.
Ann Hill, Gravesend, England

Wishing Frank Gardner back to full health.... I always followed his excellent, accurate reports... and much sympathy to Simon Cumbers family and friends... a sad day for all.
Clara Maguire, West Sussex

As an expat in Saudi Arabia we rely so much on your reports
Jean, Jeddah

I am saddened to hear of this tragic event. My thoughts and prayers are with Frank for a holistic recovery and his family. My gratitude and prayers are sent to the family of Simon Cumbers in their time of grief. As an expat in Saudi Arabia we rely so much on your reports. The Saudis hide everything and it is only after your reports that they admit that something has happened.
Jean, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Frank Gardner's shooting was a real shock. His bilingual explanation of primary sources and events is a breath of fresh air compared to the majority of western interpretations of current events we get. We need brave souls like Frank and Simon to let us know what is happening in our world today.
Tricia Rafferty, Germany

It is a great tragedy that so many reporters and cameramen lose their lives in an attempt to show us - sitting in our living rooms - the violence and unrest that is a reality in so many parts of the world. What we can do in return is pay attention, talk about what we have seen, discuss it, research it further, read more. The first step towards changing a situation, no matter what it is, is an awareness that it is happening in the first place. My condolences to the family of Simon Cumbers and I wish Mr Gardner a speedy recovery.
Melissa, New York

Its a shame that this had to happen. It is really very painful to know that ignorant vengeful people are targeting innocent Westerner civilians to vent their ire.
Imtiyaz Loya, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The sincerest condolences must go to the family of the cameraman, and of course best wishes to Frank Gardner and his family in hoping that he gets better soon.
HS, UK

It would not be better to be without news or more correctly put, information, that allows us to know what is going on in the world, hopefully the truth, as it is from the BBC. Where would we be without these very brave people who inform us so that we can decide on policies and reactions based on reality and not spin or downright lies, such as we have heard about WMD. I offer all sympathy to the families and heartfelt thanks that there are brave people who are willing to do this work.
Regi, Goring, England

I have nothing but admiration for correspondents who risk life and limb to bring news of events in dangerous places, all over the world, to people sitting comfortably and complacently in their living rooms at home. If we don't know about the evil in the world, how can we change it?
Dan, UK

This is terribly sad. These men risked their lives to bring us coverage of what is happening around the world. Our thoughts must be with both these brave men's families.
Rick, Lincs, UK

Journalists are now coming under attack more and more. What a sad world it has turned into. The BBC must persevere in bringing truth to power, despite this painful event.
Govind, Ithaca, USA

It is sad to hear when a member of the media community is killed in such a way. Sometimes I don't think the general public understand what reporters and more importantly their crews go through to get stories. It's a shame it takes something like this for them to be recognised.
Oliver Sones, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex

My deepest condolences to the families and friends involved.
Daniel Herman, Dudley, UK

My deepest sympathies to the family and colleagues of Mr Cumbers, by best wishes to Mr Gardner. These men were no enemy of the gunmen. A tragedy for both sides.
Jonathan Flint, London, UK

Certainly braver men than most to take the risks they did in such an unstable place, thy are performing an immensely important job and that is to show us what is happening.
Vince, Essex, UK

My deepest sympathy to the family of Simon Cumbers. No doubt he died doing the job that he loved. His death and the shooting of Frank Gardener shows the extent that the terrorist hatred has taken root in Saudi Arabia and gives rise to the question as to whether the Saudi authorities can put up an effective fight against it. If it cannot be contained or defeated in Saudi how long before it is exported to the other parts of the Gulf.
Bill Petrie, Singapore

The world has become a frightening dream where death no long shocks and evils are accepted as normalcy. When will we tire from chaos?
Lawrence, New York, USA

It is always a tragedy when a journalist is killed in 'action'. As a journalist myself who has had this happen to a close friend, I can really feel for the families right now. They need all the support they can get.
Christopher Redby, Chicago

Too many tragic deaths as a result of unrest overseas, but thank you so much to all decent and honest journalists who put themselves in harm's way so voters in democracies and republics the world over can make informed decisions when they matter most and none can claim ignorance of other's suffering. God Bless the truth tellers.
Cait, Rochester, NY, USA

The killing of any journalist is especially troubling. As important as any world leader or government official, and as influential as both, they are often the only thing between us and the abuse of power in the world. I mourn their loss.
Karl Preissner, Cincinnati USA

I'm a Saudi and I condemn these acts. Surprisingly, because of the hate felt towards the ruling family, the Saudi people are reluctant to support the government. The west is simply paying the cost for their support of dictators in the region.
Abdullah Alghamdi, UK

It is tragic that Simon Cumbers was killed and that Frank Gardner was injured. It is most often because of the courage and heroism of the BBC reporters and photographers that we have access to the truth of what is happening in the world. It makes me personally very sad because had it not been for this US Administration and its willingness to put so many lives in harms way for their own personal gain, these and so many other deaths and wounding would not have happened. If one person's apology means anything, you have mine.
Gail Price, Boston, US







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