An explosive device detonated during an international ceremony for non-Muslim dead commemorating the end of World War I at a Saudi cemetery, Wednesday, in the city of Jiddah. Three people were wounded. American and European officials participated to that ceremeny. “Such attacks on innocent people are shameful and entirely without justification,” said a joint statement issued by the embassies of France, the U.K., Greece, Italy and the U.S. Greece’s Foreign Ministry said a Greek policeman serving in the country’s Consulate in Jiddah was wounded. A Saudi security officer was also lightly wounded.
While the motive behind the blast remains unclear, France has been the target of several such attacks in recent weeks. Wednesday marked the 102nd anniversary of the armistice ending World War I and was commemorated in several European countries. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion. Saudi officials and state-run media in the kingdom have not commented on the attack at the cemetery.