Paris: Gunmen armed with assault weapons ambushed a Saudi citizen’s vehicle in Paris, stealing €250,000 ($334,000) in cash, police union officials said.

The assault occurred late on Sunday near the Paris city limits as a convoy headed to Le Bourget airport. A Saudi prince was in one of the vehicles, according to Rocco Contento, a representative of the Unite SGP Police union.

The official Saudi Press Agency issued a statement denying earlier reports that the vehicle belonged to the Saudi embassy in Paris, stating that it was a Mercedes with German plates, rented by a Saudi citizen.

The airport, seven kilometers (4.3 miles) north of Paris, serves business aircraft.

They must have been informed about the schedule, Contento said. The assault was very well organized because no shots were fired and no one was hurt, he said.

Spokesmen for the Paris police didn’t immediately return calls for comment.

No one was injured in the attack, which occurred between 9 pm and 10 pm as the convoy entered the A1 highway in Paris’s 18th district, said Contento, who got his information from the police unit that responded to the attack. The last car in the convoy, a Mercedes minivan with only a driver inside, was hijacked by eight hooded gunmen in two BMWs, he said.

The attackers forced the driver out of the minivan and drove off in the vehicle which was carrying the personal belongings of the Saudi citizen, the Saudi embassy in Paris said in an emailed statement. The vehicle was later found abandoned and burned, while the prince continued to the airport and caught his plane, Contento said. Bloomberg

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