Up to Five Dead in Attack on Western Firm in Saudi
- Up to Five Dead in Attack on Western Firm in Saudi
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
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
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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