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Saudi Diplomat Wounded in Car Bombing

October 17, 1989 GMT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ A bomb placed under the driver’s seat blew up as a young Saudi Arabian diplomat was driving to work Monday, blasting him out of the car and shredding both his legs, officials and news reports said.

No one claimed responsibility, but a police investigator said, ″The attack was the work of professionals.″

Abdulrahman Shrewi, 28, an accountant in the military attache’s office, was rushed to Hacettepe University Hospital, where surgeons amputated both legs at the knee.

Hospital director Celik Taser said Shrewi was in stable condition.

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The investigator, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the device - probably a time bomb - exploded as Shrewi was driving through Ankara’s affluent Cankaya district.

Passers-by bundled the diplomat into another car and he was sped to the hospital.

Shrewi’s car caught fire after the explosion, the semi-official Anatolia News Agency quoted witnesses as saying.

Saudi envoy Abdulaziz Khojah said Shrewi was posted in Turkey four years ago and received no threats before the attack.

It was the second attack on a Saudi diplomat in Ankara, the capital, in a year. In October 1988, Saudi Embassy employee Abdulgawi Bedawi was shot and killed in front of his home.

A group calling itself Islamic Jihad in Hijaz claimed responsibility for that killing. The group, unknown until then, was believed made up of Shiite Moslems loyal to Iran.