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Two injured in Jeddah blast targeting WWI remembrance event at cemetery

November 11, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Saudi police close a street leading to a non-Muslim cemetery in the Saudi city of Jeddah where a bomb struck a World War I commemoration attended by European diplomats on November 11, 2020 leaving several people wounded amid Muslim anger over French cartoons. - The attack is the second assault in the kingdom in less than a month, as French President Emmanuel Macron has sought to assuage anger across Muslim nations over satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

Two people were injured in an attack targeting Wednesday's World War I remembrance ceremony attended by staffers from foreign diplomatic missions in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

(CNN)Two people were injured in an attack targeting Wednesday's World War I remembrance ceremony attended by staffers from foreign diplomatic missions in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

A Greek consulate worker and a Saudi security guard were wounded when an explosive device went off during the annual event at the city's non-Muslim cemetery, according to a report by the state news agency SPA quoting Sultan al-Dossari, the spokesperson for the Mecca region.

"Security forces attended to an incident of a cowardly attack while the French consul was attending an event in the province of Jeddah resulting in the injury of a Greek consulate employee and a Saudi security man, with two minor injuries," the news agency reported.

"The consul general was making his speech, we heard this explosion and at the beginning we didn't really understand what had happened," Nadia Chaaya, an adviser to French citizens abroad who witnessed the attack, told CNN affiliate BFMTV on Wednesday.

The blast was the second attack involving the French diplomatic mission in Jeddah in just two weeks.

A Saudi man was arrested on October 29 after attacking a guard at the French consulate with a sharp tool, Saudi state media said.

The French Foreign Ministry said the attack was "cowardly" and "unjustifiable" and called on the Saudi authorities to investigate the incident and prosecute the perpetrators.

Anger against France and its President Emmanuel Macron has grown in parts of the Muslim world after he publicly defended cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, which are considered blasphemous in Islam.

Saudi Arabia has condemned the publication of "offensive" cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed but has stopped short of calling for action against France.

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