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Shots fired at Saudi Arabian embassy in The Hague, Netherlands

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The Saudi Arabian embassy in The Hague was sprayed with gunfire on Thursday
The Saudi Arabian embassy in The Hague was sprayed with gunfire on Thursday   -   Copyright  AP Photo/Mike Corder
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Shots were fired at the Saudi Arabian embassy in The Hague early on Thursday, leaving bullet holes across the front of the building and in several windows.

Police said nobody was injured in the shooting.

Spokesman Steven van Santen said police were alerted around 6 am to gunfire at the building on a stately avenue opposite a canal in the Dutch city.

Officers found several bullet casings outside the building and launched an investigation including an appeal for witnesses.

The official Saudi Press Agency said that the embassy had witnessed “a cowardly shooting incident”.

As soon as authorities learned of the incident from embassy officials, they cordoned off the area, closed the road leading to the embassy, bolstered security measures and “took criminal evidence,” the statement added.

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The building was peppered with gunshotsAP Photo/Mike Corder

The embassy condemned the attack and praised Dutch authorities for their prompt response, saying it “looks forward to investigating the circumstances, knowing the results and bringing those behind the incident to justice”.

Saudi Arabia also urged its citizens in the Netherlands to exercise caution.

The Dutch foreign ministry said in a statement that it was taking the shooting “extremely seriously” and was in close contact with Saudi authorities.

The shooting came a day after an explosion at a Saudi cemetery, which wounded three people.

American and European officials were commemorating the end of the First World War there at the time.

There was no indication that the shooting in The Hague was linked to the explosion at the cemetery.