Several people were reportedly injured in a “cowardly attack” at a Memorial Day ceremony.
An explosion was triggered today in the non-Muslim cemetery in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, during a World War I memorial service.
The British were present at the ceremony along with consular officials from France and other European nations.
The local police are treating the attack as terrorist and officials have arrested a man over the incident.
A police source said: “It is being investigated as a terrorist attack against foreign dignitaries.
“There were British, French and Greek diplomats in attendance. The victims are numerous.”
The source said a shell was thrown over a wall in the cemetery while the French Foreign Ministry said it was an improvised explosive device (IED) attack.
Another source said four people were injured in the explosion, including diplomats and Saudi guards.
The attack came while several diplomatic delegations from the European Union and other countries were attending a Memorial Day event organized by the French embassy, a source told Reuters.
The French Foreign Ministry said: “The annual ceremony to commemorate the End of the First World War The non-Muslim cemetery in Jeddah, which is attended by several consulates, including that of France, was the target of an IED attack this morning that left several people injured.
“France strongly condemns this cowardly, unjustifiable attack.”
A Greek government official said: “There was some kind of explosion in the non-Muslim cemetery in Jeddah. There are four people who were slightly injured, including a Greek.”
It comes after a security guard is said to have been stabbed to death outside the French consulate in Jeddah last month.
The attacker reportedly used a “sharp tool” to stab the guard on the French compound.
He was rushed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries while the suspect was arrested.
The attack came just hours after a man shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he beheaded two people and killed a third person in the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice, France.
French President Emmanuel Macron recently sparked anger in the Muslim world with his perceived attacks on Islam.
Mr. Macron refused to reject Charlie Hebdo’s satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad after a French teacher – who showed the drawings in one class – was beheaded.
Samuel Paty, 47, was killed last month after receiving threats over his decision to show his students the “blasphemous” cartoons.
At Paty’s memorial service, Macron said, “We won’t turn down the cartoons and drawings, even if others shrink back.”
He added that France does not believe in a political Islam that is incompatible with stability and peace in the world.
France has a Muslim community of around five million – the largest in Western Europe and many with roots in former colonies like Algeria.
Many have complained of mounting racism and Islamophobia directed against them by politicians like Mr Macron.
He has announced measures to combat “Islamist separatism”, including stricter state control of schools and other institutions that serve Muslims.
His promise that France would continue to publish Charlie Hebdo cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad sparked demonstrations across the Muslim world. Thousands called for a boycott of French products.