Report: Saudi Arabia foils another attempt to attack oil refinery

Published March 29th, 2006 - 02:27 GMT

Saudi security forces have thwarted a car bombing at an oil refinery, a local daily reported on Wednesday. According to the report, security agents along with special forces surrounded on Tuesdaya a house within a residential area in the eastern city of Abqaiq, and seized two vehicles loaded with explosives.

 

Investigators believe the cars were prepared for a suicide bombing, al-Riyadh newspaper reported. Bombs, rifles and ammunition were also found. The owner of the house was arrested and was to be interrogated, the newspaper added.

 

An official statement on Wednesday said that eight people were arrested. "The security forces have arrested eight who are directly linked to that cell (Abqaiq)," a ministry statement said, adding that it would not identify the suspects arrested.

 

Last month, Saudi Arabia foiled an attempted car bomb attack against the Abqaiq oil refinery. Two two attackers detonated their vehicles and killed themselves following a gunfight.

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