(Reuters) -Three French nationals, some of them Muslims, were shot dead in Saudi Arabia on Monday in what appeared to be a militant attack, the Interior Ministry said.
There have been no major attacks targeting foreigners since 2004, when the campaign launched by al Qaeda to topple the U.S.-allied Saudi monarchy was at its height.
Here is a short chronology of attacks on Westerners in Saudi Arabia:
Feb 20, 2003 - Briton working for defense contractor BAE Systems is shot dead in Riyadh.
— May 12 - Suicide bombers attack housing compounds in Riyadh, killing 35 people. At least 200 are wounded.
— Nov 9 - Suspected al Qaeda suicide bombers blow up Riyadh compound housing foreigners and Saudis, killing 18.
— May 1, 2004 - Gunmen kill five Westerners and two police in a shooting spree in the oil center Yanbu.
— May 29 - Militants attack oil company and housing compounds in Khobar, then flee to the city’s Oasis housing compound, taking hostages. Seven Saudi police are killed.
— May 30 - Saudi commandos storm Oasis compound, freeing 41 hostages. Twenty-two civilians are killed. Three gunmen escape.
— June 6 - Saudi gunmen kill Simon Cumbers, an Irish cameraman working for the BBC, and seriously wound his British colleague Frank Gardner as they film in Riyadh.
— June 8 - Gunmen kill an American employee of U.S. contracting firm Vinnell in Riyadh.
— June 12 - Kenneth Scroggs, a U.S. national, is shot dead in Riyadh. Al Qaeda claims responsibility.
— June 18 - Kidnappers behead Paul Johnson, an employee of U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin.
— Aug 3 - An Irish civil engineer who worked for a Saudi firm is shot dead in his office in eastern Riyadh.
— Sept 15 - Edward Muirhead-Smith, a British engineer, is killed in Riyadh in attack claimed by al Qaeda militants.
— Sept 26 - Frenchman Laurent Barbot is shot dead in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah by suspected al Qaeda militants.
Feb 26, 2007 - Eight French nationals come under fire near Tabuk in the northwest of the country. Three are killed.