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Several wounded in explosion at WWI memorial in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah



Several wounded in explosion at WWI memorial in Saudi Arabia's Jeddah

JEDDAH: A bomb on Wednesday struck a World War I commemoration attended by European diplomats within the Saudi metropolis of Jeddah, Al Jazeera reported.

Responding to the event, France’s international ministry claimed that representatives of a number of nations and European diplomats had been in attendance.

“The annual ceremony commemorating the end of World War I at the non-Muslim cemetery in Jeddah, attended by several consulates, including that of France, was the target of an IED [improvised explosive device] attack this morning, which injured several people,” the ministry stated.

“France strongly condemns this cowardly, unjustifiable attack.”

According to the publication, an official from Greece, who refused to be named, confirmed the explosion.

“There was some sort of a blast at the non-Muslim cemetery in Jeddah. There are four slightly injured, among them one Greek,” the official stated, with out offering additional particulars.

Despite the explosion, that has left a number of  injured, Saudi officers haven’t commented on the assault and Saudi state-run media didn’t report it. 

Meanwhile, in accordance with an AFP photographer,  roads main as much as the cemetery in central Jeddah had been blocked by Saudi site visitors police.

Last month, a Saudi citizen with a knife wounded a guard on the French consulate in Jeddah on the identical day {that a} knife-wielding man killed three individuals in a church in Nice in southern France.

The French embassy in Riyadh has urged its nationals in Saudi Arabia to train “extreme vigilance”.

Wednesday’s blast got here as Macron, the goal of ire in a lot of the Muslim world for vowing to confront Islamist radicalism following a spate of assaults, attended a WWI memorial ceremony in Paris.

Several nations are marking the 102nd anniversary of the armistice signed by Germany and Allied nations to finish the conflict.

Macron has vigorously defended the proper to publish cartoons seen as offensive by Muslims, together with caricatures of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) printed by satirical journal Charlie Hebdo.

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