US: Navy suspends flight training for 300 Saudi students after Pensacola terror attack
BREAKING: The US Navy suspended nearly 300 Saudi students from flight training in response to the deadly shooting attack by a Muslim terrorist last Friday at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
Navy Commander Clay Doss said classroom and flight training will resume for other students this week. He did not say how long the flight stand-down for Saudi students will continue.
The operational pause includes about 175 Saudi students at NAS Pensacola and NAS Whiting Field, in the Pensacola area, and 128 Saudi students at Naval Station Mayport, in Jacksonville.
‘A safety stand-down and operational pause commenced Monday for Saudi Arabian aviation students at NAS Pensacola and NAS Whiting Field and NAS Mayport, Florida. Classroom training is expected to resume this week for those students,’ said Lt. Commander Megan Isaac, a Navy spokesperson.
Six Saudi Muslim terrorists were arrested Friday at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, after a Saudi terrorist opened fire inside a classroom, murdering three people before being shot and eliminated by officers.
The Muslim terrorist has been identified as an aviation student from Saudia Arabia named Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani.
US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity said the terrorist was a second lieutenant attending a U.S. Navy training program for foreign military personnel at the base.
Six other Saudi terror-sympathizers were arrested near the base shortly after the terror attack, as investigators began to probe a terror link.
Three of the six were seen filming the entire attack as it unfolded.
Military from around the globe attends the Naval Air Station in Pensacola for flight training. Many U.S. military pilots have complained for decades that some of the Saudi pilots are not safe flyers, sources said.
The majority of the hundreds of foreign aviation students who have participated in the program are from Saudi Arabia.