Several people were wounded after an explosion erupted at an international ceremony commemorating the end of World War I at a Saudi Arabian cemetery on Wednesday.
Though the identities of the victims are not confirmed, several countries had representatives at the ceremony. The commemoration was held at a non-Muslim dead ceremony in Jiddah, according to the Associated Press, which cited the French Foreign Ministry.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, and Saudi officials and state-run media haven’t commented on the attack.
French officials who spoke on anonymity, condemned the attack.
France encourages it citizens in Saudi Arabia to be on “maximum alert” after a French middle school teacher was decapitated for showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed during a class. French President Emmanuel Macron’s backing of caricatures as free speech angered some Muslims who viewed the depictions as incitement and a form of hate speech.
The attack shortly follows a stabbing incident last month that slightly wounded a guard at the French Consulate in Jiddah. The stabbing was committed by a Saudi man whose motives remain unclear.
Wednesday marks the 102nd anniversary of armistice ending the first World War, and is an anniversary commemorated in several European countries.