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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 July, 2004, 19:16 GMT 20:16 UK
Gardner 'touched' by wellwishers
Frank Gardner
Frank Gardner was hit in the stomach
The BBC security correspondent who was shot in Saudi Arabia says he has been "overwhelmed" by the messages he has received from around the world.

Frank Gardner remains in hospital in London where he is being treated for injuries he received in a gun attack in Riyadh last month.

His colleague BBC cameraman Simon Cumbers was killed in the attack.

Gardner particularly wanted to express his thanks for the many messages posted on BBC News Online, a spokesman said.

"Many [of the messages] are from people he has never met and who only know him through his broadcasts on BBC television and radio.

"He's asked us to say how much he appreciates their support and good wishes - and to thank everyone who has written or sent messages paying tribute to his work and wishing him a full and speedy recovery," the spokesman said.

Gardner, 42, and Cumbers, 36, were both shot in a southern suburb of the Saudi capital on 6 June.

After being treated in a Saudi hospital, Gardner returned earlier this month to a hospital in the UK, where he is said to be making "slow and steady progress".


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