Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 25 November 2020

Danish citizen shot in Saudi Arabia

The attack in Riyadh comes amid concerns of ISIL-linked violence.

RIYADH // A Danish citizen was shot as he left work in his car in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, the official Saudi Press Agency reported, citing an unidentified police spokesman.

The Danish national sustained an injury to the shoulder and is in stable condition in hospital, the news service said. Police are investigating the crime, it said, without providing additional information.

Earlier this month, assailants killed Shiites in the oil-rich Eastern Province, raising concerns that violence may escalate in the kingdom after Saudi Arabia joined the US-led military campaign against ISIL. Last month, a US citizen working for an American defence contractor was shot dead and another was wounded at a gas station in Riyadh by a disgruntled former employee of the same company — Vinnell Arabia, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corp.

Saudi authorities have stepped up measures at home against the Al Qaeda breakaway group, which has seized large parts of Syria and Iraq and used social media to recruit Saudi men. Foreigners working in the country, the world’s largest oil producer, have been targets of attacks in the past by Al Qaeda- linked groups.

* Bloomberg News

Updated: November 22, 2014 04:00 AM