German diplomats survive gun attack in Saudi Arabia

German diplomats survive gun attack in Saudi Arabia
Tue Jan 14, 2014 09:50:24

Two German diplomats have survived a shooting attack on their car while on a visit to eastern Saudi Arabia, but their vehicle was burned, the state news agency SPA reports.

SPA quoted a police spokesman as saying that authorities were investigating the rare incident, which took place in the town of Awamiya on Monday evening. No other details were immediately available.

In Berlin, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said: "I can confirm that there was an incident during a drive out in the country. The car was shot at and it caught fire. There were no injuries. The embassy in Riyadh has launched an investigation."

Awamiya and other parts of Qatif district on the Persian Gulf coast have witnessed unrest since 2011, and at least 20 people died as youths took to the streets to demand equal treatment from the Saudi regime.


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