Several injured by explosion at WWI service in Saudi Arabia


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An explosive device was detonated at a World War One Remembrance Day service in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, injuring several of the attendees.

There were no immediate fatalities reported at the scene of the attack, however several people, including a Greek citizen, are said to be among those injured by the explosion.


A statement from France’s Foreign Ministry has labelled the attack on the commemoration – which was being attended by EU diplomats – as “cowardly” and “completely unjustified”.

“The embassies that were involved in the commemoration ceremony condemn this cowardly attack, which is completely unjustified,” reports Reuters.

“They call on the Saudi authorities to shed as much light as they can on this attack and to identify and hunt down the perpetrators.”

“There are four slightly injured”

Speaking to Reuters, a Greek official described the incident: “There was some sort of a blast at the non-Muslim cemetery in Jeddah. There are four slightly injured, among them one Greek.”

A statement to French citizens in Jeddah also told people to “exercise discretion, stay away from all gatherings and be cautious when moving around.”

According to reports in The Telegraph, the French, Greek, Italian, UK and US embassies have said they will support the Saudi authorities and their investigations into the incident.

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