PARIS / RIYADH (Reuters) — France said an explosion at a World War I memorial in Jeddah injured some people on Wednesday, while calling on the country’s citizens to live in Saudi Arabia needs to be very vigilant about what they describe as an IED attack.
The explosion was the second security incident to have occurred in the coastal city overlooking the Red Sea in the past two weeks, and was the first in years to try to hit foreigners in the conservative kingdom.
Makkah authorities say the attack left two people injured — a Greek consulate officer and a Saudi guard.
“The embassies participating in the memorial services condemning this cowardly attack were completely absurd,” a French Foreign Ministry statement said.
They asked the Saudi authorities to clarify as much as possible about this attack, and identify the culprits and pursue them.
The attack came early on Wednesday, when several diplomatic delegations from the European Union and other countries were present for the memorial day organized by the French embassy, a source familiar with the matter said.