German diplomats survive attack in Saudi Arabia

January 14, 2014 - 2:49:48 am

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

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 Gulf coast have witnessed unrest since 2011, and at least 20 people died as Shi’ite Muslim youths took to the streets to demand equal treatment from the Sunni Muslim-dominated government.

 

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