Wednesday 28 September 2016

Eleven detained in relation to dramatic ambush of Saudi prince's convoy in Paris

Published 18/05/2015 | 13:10

The Saudi Arabian embassy in Paris as it was reported that armed robbers targeted a car belonging to a Saudi prince (AP)
The Saudi Arabian embassy in Paris as it was reported that armed robbers targeted a car belonging to a Saudi prince (AP)

Eleven people have been detained in relation to last year's dramatic ambush of a Saudi prince's diplomatic convoy in Paris, the city prosecutor's office said.

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Spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre confirmed that 11 people were in custody but declined to release other details.

Armed robbers ambushed the Mercedes in August 2014 as the convoy was headed to the airport, torching and abandoning the vehicle later.

At the time, officials said the car had €250,000 in cash and embassy documents inside, and that the assailants seemed well informed about the convoy's itinerary.

Neither Saudi nor French officials have named the prince.

Members of the Saudi royal family often come to Paris for diplomatic or business visits.

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