Shots Fired at Saudi Embassy in The Hague; No Injuries

The Dutch foreign ministry said in a statement that it was taking the shooting 'extremely seriously' and was in close contact with Saudi authorities

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Bullet impacts are seen in the windows of Saudi Arabia's embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, after several shots were fired at the building early in the morning, November 12, 2020.
Bullet impacts are seen in the windows of Saudi Arabia's embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, after several shots were fired at the building early in the morning, November 12, 2020. Credit: Mike Corder / AP
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Dutch police on Thursday said they had arrested a suspect after the embassy of Saudi Arabia in the Netherlands was sprayed with gunfire before dawn earlier in the day. No one was injured.

Dutch police said multiple shots were fired at the embassy building in The Hague just before 6 a.m. (0500 GMT), leaving bullet holes in various windows.

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Police said the suspect was a 40-year-old man from the neighbouring town of Zoetermeer, but provided no details of his exact role or possible motive.

The arrested man will be questioned while police said they were still looking for any witnesses to the attack.

In a statement, the embassy condemned the "cowardly attack" and urged Saudi citizens in the Netherlands to be on high alert and to exercise caution.

As soon as authorities learned of the incident from embassy officials, they cordoned off the area, closed the road leading to the embassy, bolstered security measures and “took criminal evidence,” the statement added.

The embassy condemned the attack and praised Dutch authorities for their prompt response, saying it “looks forward to investigating the circumstances, knowing the results and bringing those behind the incident to justice.”  

The Dutch foreign ministry said in a statement that it was taking the shooting “extremely seriously” and was in close contact with Saudi authorities.

The shooting came a day after an explosion at a Saudi cemetery in the Saudi city of Jeddah, where American and European officials were commemorating the end of World War I, wounded three people. There was no indication that the shooting in The Hague was linked to the blast.

The blast was the second security incident to take place in the Red Sea port city in the last couple of weeks, and the first apparent bomb attack targeting foreigners in the conservative kingdom.

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