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Three French Dead in Desert Attack

In what appears to be the first terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia with Western victims since September 2004, French expatriates traveling in the northwest of the kingdom came under fire Monday from an unidentified vehicle. The attack resulted in the killing of three men - a schoolteacher and two employees of a private French company in Riyadh - and injury to a 17-year-old adolescent male. Women and children present were not hit.

Le Monde reports on reactions from French and Saudi officials and suggests that the attack may be al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda-inspired, as it was consistent with previous attacks on Westerners with no military ties who were targeted simply to drive them from the Arabian peninsula.

UPDATE: An update from Le Monde indicates that the 17-year-old French national previously reported injured has now died from wounds incurred in the attack.