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Saudi Arabian embassy in The Hague sprayed with gunfire

At least one gunman has opened fire on the Saudi Arabian embassy in The Hague.

More than 20 bullets littered the front of the building on Thursday, leaving holes across the facade and in several windows. The area has been cordoned off.

The shooting comes just a day after three people were injured in an explosion at a cemetery in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where American and European officials were commemorating the end of the First World War.

The incident happened on Thursday on Koninginnegracht, a stately avenue opposite a canal in the Dutch administrative capital.

“At around 6am the police received a report that several shots had been fired at the Saudi Arabian embassy,” a police spokesman said.

“When officers arrived at the Koninginnegracht, they found several shells on the street and saw several impacts in the windows of the building.”

With a police investigation under way, he said the motive was unclear as was who might have been responsible.

“Several shots were fired this morning at the Saudi Arabia embassy building on the #Koninginnegracht. The investigation is currently in full swing,” security officials at The Hague tweeted.

Police said nobody was injured in the shooting. It is not yet known if Wednesday’s blast in Jeddah is linked to the incident.

Mark Rutte, the Dutch Prime Minister, offered his support to France in the aftermath of the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty by an ISIS extremist last month.

Just hours after the recent Nice terrorist attack in France, a Saudi citizen wounded a guard in a knife attack at the French Consulate in Jeddah.

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