The group says it attacked the Saudi oil facility at Abqaiq
Saturday 25 February 2006, 22:54 Makka Time, 19:54 GMT
Al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia has vowed more attacks after a failed assault on a major oil installation in the kingdom and named two suicide attackers who died, according to a web posting.
The posting attributed to the group named the attackers as Mohammed al-Ghaith and Abdullah al-Tweijri – both on a list of top wanted militants – and said Friday’s attack was in response to a call by al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden to target oil installations.
Threat–"We renew our vow to crush the forces of the crusaders and the tyrants and to stop the theft of the wealth of the Muslims," said the statement signed by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
The authenticity of the statement, posted on a web site often used by Islamist groups in Iraq, could not be verified.
Militants on Friday attacked the Saudi Arabian oil facility at Abqaiq, blowing up cars packed with explosives at the gates after being fired upon by security guards.
At least four attackers and two security guards were reportedly killed in the attack.
Abqaiq handles crude pumped from the giant Ghawar field and ships it off to terminals Ras Tanura, the world’s biggest offshore oil loading facility, and Juayma.
It also pumps oil westwards across the kingdom to Red Sea export terminals.