More surgery for BBC's Gardner after Saudi attack

The condition of BBC News security correspondent Frank Gardner, attacked and wounded while reporting from Saudi Arabia in June, has “improved markedly”, according to the broadcaster, as he prepares to undergo additional surgery over the next few weeks.

It is understood that Gardner has just recovered from a chest infection and has begun daily physiotherapy to try to restore full movement to his legs.

The 42-year-old journalist was shot around 11 times in the legs and stomach during an attack by suspected Al Qaeda operatives, in which freelance cameraman Simon Cumbers was killed.

Gardner initially received emergency surgery at the Imam Hospital in Saudi capital Riyadh, before he was brought back to hospital in the UK.

“Frank’s condition has improved markedly over the past two weeks.

However, he faces further surgery in the coming weeks to continue the process of repairing the damage caused by the bullets, and will remain in hospital for some months yet,” a BBC spokesman said.

By Wale Azeez

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