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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 392-96
June 26, 1996

STATEMENT ON THE BOMBING IN DHAHRAN BY SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE SHEILA WIDNALL AND THE CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE AIR FORCE GENERAL RONALD R. FOGLEMAN

We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life and injuries in Saudi Arabia. The bombing was an act of cowardice that we condemn in the strongest possible way.

To the loved ones of all those affected by this tragedy, we offer our heartfelt and sincerest sympathy. Our pledge is the fullest and swiftest cooperation in the investigation of this incident and the apprehension of those responsible.

The men and women of our Air Force freely accept uncommon risk in the service of the United States. But that does not lessen our commitment to their welfare and concern for their safety. In protecting U.S. interests and promoting and maintaining peace in remote locations around the world, their cause is noble. They and their families have and deserve our fullest support and understanding at this very difficult time.

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