February 24, 2006

Saudis foil attack on oil facility

LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi security foiled on Friday an
attack on the huge Abqaiq oil facility by three cars armed with
explosives, firing on them as they rammed the outer gates of
the facility, Saudi security adviser Nawaf Obaid said.

Obaid told Reuters that the three cars exploded after being
fired on by security guards at the gates 1 mile from the main
entrance to Abqaiq. "Three cars rammed the first of the three
sets of gates protecting Abqaiq and when security shot at them
all three cars exploded," Obaid said.

"The attack was stopped at the first security cordon. The
cars were not able to get into the refinery ... No blast
occurred within the plant perimeter," another adviser said.