Paris thieves take €250,000 in raid on Saudi motorcade

Sensitive documents also said to have been taken by robbers who are still at large

A pedestrian passes the Saudi Arabian embassy in Paris today. Armed robbers held up a convoy of Saudi diplomatic vehicles that was bound for a Paris airport and took €250,000 in cash and sensitive’ documents, police said. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA.

A pedestrian passes the Saudi Arabian embassy in Paris today. Armed robbers held up a convoy of Saudi diplomatic vehicles that was bound for a Paris airport and took €250,000 in cash and sensitive’ documents, police said. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA.

 

Armed robbers attacked a Saudi Arabian prince’s convoy in Paris last night, police have said, taking about €250,000 in cash and sensitive documents.

The convoy had been heading for Le Bourget airport to the north of the city.

Witnesses told police a group of heavily armed men attacked the last car in the convoy near Porte de la Chapelle at about 9pm and drove off in it.

No shots were fired and nobody was hurt, a police source said, adding that the robbers were still at large and an investigation was under way.

A police official would not name the prince or say whether he was in the car.

Rocco Contento, a representative of police union SGP, told BFMTV the attackers appeared to be “people who knew the itinerary” of the cars.

The Saudi passengers were reportedly left unharmed on the side of the road.

Reuters