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Up to Five Dead in Attack on Western Firm in Saudi

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  • Mike Lee
    Up to Five Dead in Attack on Western Firm in Saudi
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2004
      Up to Five Dead in Attack on Western Firm in Saudi
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      Sat May 1, 2004 09:36 AM ET

      RIYADH (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked a Western engineering firm on
      Saturday in the Saudi oil and petrochemical hub of Yanbu on the Red Sea,
      killing up to five Western employees, a Western executive said.

      He said the gunmen stormed the office of ABB Lummus Global, opening fire
      and killing up to five.

      The Swiss-based company is under contract to work for the Saudi Yanbu
      Petrochemical company (YANPET), situated nearby.

      The executive said operations at the nearby YANPET facility, co-owned by
      the Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) SABIC and U.S. Exxon Mobil were
      continuing as normal.

      A U.S. embassy official said earlier at least two Americans were among
      the dead. Three other Westerners were also believed dead according to
      diplomats.

      Saudi Arabia said militants stormed a Saudi contractor's building in the
      city and an unknown number of foreigners and Saudis were killed, while
      security forces killed three of the attackers and wounded a fourth.

      "The situation has stabilized and it has been fairly quiet since this
      morning," the executive told Reuters. "The authorities are investigating
      the cause."

      Yanbu is also home to the giant SAMREF export refinery, a joint venture
      between Exxon and Saudi Aramco. Yanbu port handles oil product exports
      of more than 400,000 barrels per day.

      Security around the oil terminals and export facilities, already tight
      following militant threats, have been beefed up after the attack by
      adding more police checkpoints. A helicopter was seen flying over the city.

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