11/30/2014 12:15 EST | Updated 01/30/2015 05:59 EST

Canadian In Saudi Arabia Stabbed By Local Man, Police Say

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The official Saudi Press Agency says a Canadian citizen was stabbed by a local man while he shopped in a mall with his family in the country's oil-rich Eastern Province.

The news agency, quoting a police spokesman, says the victim was transferred to a hospital Saturday afternoon.

Police say they have arrested the Saudi man and are investigating the motive for the attack.

The attack comes one week after a gunman shot a Danish citizen in his car in the capital, Riyadh.

Al-Qaida has attacked foreigners in Saudi Arabia in the past. The breakaway Islamic State group has urged its supporters to launch attacks inside the kingdom.

Canada, Denmark and Saudi Arabia are members of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against Islamic State group fighters.

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