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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 November 2005, 14:31 GMT
Frank Gardner
Frank Gardner
BBC Security correspondent

Frank Gardner was appointed as the BBC's security correspondent in 2002.

He suffered life-threatening injuries - and cameraman Simon Cumbers was killed - in a gun attack in Saudi Arabia in June 2004.

Now paraplegic, he returned to work in April 2005. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2005.

Frank joined the BBC in 1995 as a producer and reporter for BBC World Television.

In 1997 he moved to Dubai and reported for the BBC from Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Kuwait.

In 2000 Frank became the BBC's Middle East correspondent in Cairo and began covering the "war on terror" shortly after 11 September 2001.

As security correspondent, Frank, a fluent Arabic speaker, has used his expertise and unique insights into the complex situations in the Middle East to inform audiences about al-Qaeda and the world and environment in which they operate.

His reporting on al-Qaeda has also taken him to Yemen, the Horn of Africa, Guantanamo Bay and the USA.

Frank graduated in Arabic and Islamic Studies and previously worked as an investment banker before joining the BBC.


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