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Saturday, February 25, 2006

 

AJ: New attacks target Saudi sites

2/25/2006 2:36:00 PM GMT
Bombers allegedly belonging to Al Qaeda network threatened to attack more Saudi oil facilities, according to the group statement posted Saturday on a website where they also admitted responsibility for the foiled attacks on the Abiqaiq plant in eastern Saudi Arabia, The Associated Press reported.

Driving cars packed with explosives, two attackers tried yesterday to blow up Saudi Abiqaiq, the world's largest oil-processing plant. But Saudi authorities managed to foil the attack. However, oil rose yesterday by more than $2 a barrel, which, according to analysts, indicates the massive effect a successful strike would have on the kingdom's oil supplies.

Saudi security guards opened fire at the attackers and the bombs exploded outside the gates, killing one of them and fatally wounding two guards.

But Saudi government official, who demanded anonymity, stressed that the kingdom would "ensure the flow of oil despite the terrorist threats,"

“Energy structures are always a target and always vulnerable,'' he said.

Saudi Oil Minister Ali Naimi, who met U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez in Riyadh on Saturday, stated that the assault on the Abqaiq compound near the Persian Gulf "did not affect operations", asserting that exports continued to flow.

Source: AP & Al Jazeera.

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