Saudi woman goes missing in Istanbul

Saudi Arabia’s embassy issued a warning to its citizens in Turkey after unidentified gunmen shot at and robbed a group of Saudi nationals in Istanbul. — Courtesy photo

ISTANBUL — A Saudi woman, called Abeer, came under attack and was kidnapped in the Turkish city of Istanbul a few days ago, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported quoting informed sources.

The sources revealed that Abeer was disappeared while she was walking next to a hotel in the Asian part of Istanbul, where she was staying with her family. The woman arrived in Istanbul with her husband and children for tourism purposes, the sources said.

Security surveillance cameras showed “a person, carrying a small bottle, sprayed on the face of the Saudi tourist, who eventually lost consciousness before taking her with him until she disappeared from the scene,” the sources added.

Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Turkey had issued a warning last week to its citizens after unidentified gunmen shot at and robbed a group of Saudi nationals in Istanbul last Saturday. In a statement, the embassy said that the tourists were sitting in a café in Istanbul’s Sisli district when gunmen shot at one of them and stole the group’s personal belongings.

The embassy said that the man sustained bullet wounds but did not disclose how severe his injury was.

The embassy asked Saudi nationals in Turkey to take all precautions during their stay and to avoid going to Sisli and Taksim Square — two popular tourist spots in the city — after sunset. SG