An explosion targeting a Remembrance Day service honouring French and UK troops has left multiple people injured.
European diplomats were in attendance at the November 11th Remembrance Day ceremony service held at a Saudi cemetery for non-Muslims in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is understood that four people are reported to have been injured in the attack at the event organised by the French Embassy.
A Greek official told Reuters: There was some sort of a blast at the non-Muslim cemetery in Jeddah. There are four slightly injured, among them one Greek.
A source with knowledge of the matter added the attack when several diplomatic delegations from the European Union and other countries were present.
A man is reported to have thrown a grenade at a war cemetery of non-Muslims and then was understood to have drawn a knife injuring at least two people.
It is unclear as to the identity of these people at this time however it is understood to have occurred in the presence of the Consul General of France.
In a statement, a spokesman for France’s foreign ministry said: 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 attack this morning, which injured several people.
France strongly condemns this cowardly, unjustifiable attack.