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Heavily armed robbers have attacked the motorcade of a Saudi prince in Paris, making off with 250,000 euros ($359,000) in cash and reportedly stealing "sensitive" documents.
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Romain Nadal, spokesperson for the French foreign ministry, called the attack unacceptable. Police have not named the Saudi prince involved, and the Saudi embassy has declined to comment.
In July, more than a dozen people performed several similar hijackings, the newspaper Le Figaro reported, obstructing a road leading to the A6 motorway.
According to French news media reports, in July of last year robbers disguised as the police targeted a senior Saudi official from the ministry of sports close to Le Bourget airport after he had arrived in Paris, and then fled with about $267,000 in cash.
In February 2010, the daughter of the mayor of Kiev, who was riding in a luxury car on the A1 highway, was attacked in a similar fashion, Le Figaro reported, with the robbers snatching about $6 million worth of jewelry.
Police found two 500 euro notes, documents in Arabic and medication near the burnt-out wrecks of the two cars.
According to Le Parisien, the robbers made off with "sensitive" diplomatic documents.
A source close to the investigation confirmed the theft of diplomatic documents but told news agency AFP: "For the moment, we have no details about the nature of these documents. They could be sensitive documents but they could equally well be unimportant."
Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd named as victim in Paris robbery and said to be blackmailed over stolen 'sensitive documents' -