RIYADH: Two German diplomats escaped unharmed when gunmen attacked their car in Saudi Arabia´s Eastern Province on Monday, the official SPA news agency said.
The agency quoted a police spokesman as saying shots were fired at a German diplomatic car near Awamiya in the region of Qatif, where most of the country´s Shia Muslim minority lives.
“The car was hit but its two occupants, German diplomats, escaped unharmed with the help of a Saudi citizen,” the agency added, citing the same source.Authorities are seeking the gunmen, the agency added, without saying whether the incident was linked to unrest in Eastern Province.
Protests first erupted in the province, home to the majority of the kingdom´s two million Shiites, in March 2011.
Ten people were killed in clashes with security forces, and the fighting intensified after the arrest in July 2012 of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, considered to be a driving force behind the protests.
However, tensions eased in August that year when seven Shia dignitaries from Qatif hailed a call by King Abdullah for the creation of a centre for Sunni-Shia interfaith dialogue. (AFP)