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Saudi man arrested after stabbing guard at French Consulate in Jeddah

A Saudi man was arrested after he stabbed a guard at the French Consulate in Jeddah — one of three attacks Thursday against France, which has come under fire over satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

The guard suffered “minor injuries” and “legal action” was being taken against the attacker, according to Reuters, which cited a statement from the Mecca region’s police.

“The French Embassy strongly condemns this attack against a diplomatic outpost which nothing could justify,” the diplomatic office in Riyadh said in a statement.

“We appeal to our compatriots in Saudi Arabia to be on maximum alert,” the statement added.

Neither Saudi nor French authorities gave any indication of the motivation for the attack. The nationality of the guard has not been released.

The attack came after a knife-wielding man shouting “Allahu akbar” beheaded a woman and killed two other people in the French city of Nice earlier in the day.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi described the attack as terrorism.

In the third incident, police fatally shot a man in Montfavet, near the city of Avignon in southern France, after he had earlier threatened passers-by with a handgun, police said. According to radio station Europe 1, he shouted “Allahu akbar!”

It was not immediately clear if the incidents in Saudi Arabia and Avignon were directly linked to the attack in Nice.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia condemned cartoons offending the Prophet Mohammad, but held back from joining calls by other Muslim countries for action against images of the prophet being shown in France.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry has said the kingdom “rejects any attempt to link Islam and terrorism, and denounces the offensive cartoons of the prophet.”

Saudi clerics also have condemned the caricatures, but have cited the prophet’s “mercy, justice, tolerance.”

With Post wires

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