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Shot BBC correspondent back in UK
Frank Gardner
Frank Gardner was hit in the stomach
A BBC reporter shot in Saudi Arabia this month is back in the UK and is making good progress, the BBC has said.

Frank Gardner, the BBC's security correspondent, arrived in Britain two days ago and was taken to a UK hospital for further treatment.

Gardner, 42, and 36-year-old cameraman Simon Cumbers were both shot in a southern suburb of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on 6 June.

Cumbers was killed in the incident. His funeral will be held on Tuesday.

Fatal incident

Simon Cumbers, freelance journalist and cameraman working for the BBC
Simon Cumbers, who worked with Gardner, died in the attack
They were filming the house of an al-Qaeda militant when they were shot with a machine pistol, possibly from a passing jeep.

Gardner's wife Amanda thanked the Saudi Government for ensuring her husband got medical treatment in the capital, Riyadh, and for arranging for him to be flown back.

In a statement she said: "I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all the doctors and medical staff at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh, without whose skill and care Frank's recovery would not have been possible."

Cumbers' widow, Louise Bevan, has said the private funeral is to be held for him in his hometown of Navan, County Meath.




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