Saudi embassy in The Hague was the target of a ‘cowardly’ shooting: statement

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The Saudi embassy in The Hague was the target of a “cowardly” shooting incident at dawn on Thursday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) cited the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in the Netherlands as saying in a statement.

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“Embassy security personnel informed security authorities of the incident as soon as it occurred,” SPA reported, adding that the road leading to the embassy in The Hague was closed and additional security measures were taken.

The embassy said none of its employees had suffered any injuries.

“The [Saudi] embassy condemns this cowardly attack, and thanks the Dutch authorities for their prompt response to the incident,” SPA said.

SPA added that the Embassy urges Saudi citizens in the Netherlands to be practice caution.

Earlier, Dutch police said several shots were fired at Saudi Arabia's embassy in The Hague. Nobody was injured and police were investigating.

Spokesman Steven van Santen said police were alerted around 6 a.m. (0500 GMT) to shots being fired at the building on a stately avenue in the Dutch city.

Officers found several bullet casings outside the building and local media showed images of bullet holes in windows.

The motive for the shooting was unclear. Police appealed for witnesses.

- With The Associated Press

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