On Thursday, a Saudi man arrested after he attacked a guard of the French consulate in the port city of Jeddah with a knife, according to the French embassy in Saudi Arabia.
In a statement, the embassy added that its consulate in Jeddah was subject to a “knife attack which targeted a guard”, adding that the guard was taken to hospital and his life was not in danger.
The embassy also strongly condemned the attack against the consulate, calling its citizens in the kingdom to be “on maximum alert”.
— La France en Arabie (@FranceinKSA) October 29, 2020
On his part, Police spokesperson Major Mohammed al-Ghamdi said the special force for diplomatic security was able to arrest a Saudi man in his forties.
The incident came just hours after a knife-wielding man shouting “Allahu Akbar” beheaded a woman and killed two other people at a church in the southern French city of Nice.
Nice’s mayor described the attack as terrorism.
France is still reeling from the beheading earlier this month of a schoolteacher by a man of Chechen origin.