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Saudi Suspects Disclose Plans on Attacking Oil Facilities

15 May 2007

Four suspected al-Qaida members in Saudi Arabian custody have said on Saudi media they planned to attack oil facilities in the kingdom and other Gulf states.

Saudi police detained the four last year in connection with a failed February 2006 attack on the Abqaiq oil complex. Security guards foiled the attack.

The four suspects appeared on Saudi television this week. They are accused of providing logistical support to the bombers.

One of the four, identified as Abdullah al-Muqrin, said the plan to attack oil facilities in Saudi Arabia was to coincide with other al-Qaida attacks on oil facilities in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

Al-Muqrin also said he was told al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden would authorize the attacks.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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