3 French killed in Saudi Arabia


RIYADH, AFP

Three French expatriates in Saudi Arabia were killed in an attack Monday near the historical site of Madain Saleh in northwestern Saudi Arabia, a French diplomatic source said.

Two others were wounded and were in “serious condition,” the diplomat said requesting anonymity, adding that the victims were part of a group that had travelled from Riyadh. The Saudi interior ministry confirmed that the attack took place and the death toll, saying that the victims were shot dead by gunmen in an unidentified vehicle.

“A group of French residents including four men, three women and two children came under fire from an unidentified car while on their way back from a trip and as they stopped in a desert area for rest,” the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency.