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Suicide Bombers Fail to Enter Saudi Oil Plant

A suicide bomb attack on Saudi Arabia’s sprawling Abqaiq oil facility was thwarted Friday, when guards opened fire on two explosives-laden cars, causing them to detonate at a security gate about a mile from the main entrance, the Saudi Interior Ministry said.In an Internet posting, Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack, the first on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure. The assault ended a yearlong lull in violence in the kingdom. Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry, in a statement distributed by the official Saudi news agency, SPA, confirmed the attack and said it resulted in a “minor fire,” which was quickly brought under control. Saudi Arabia’s oil minister, Ali al-Naimi, said in a statement that production at the facility was unaffected and continued as usual after the attack. Two guards were critically wounded, the statement said.Full Story

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