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Saudi tightens security to protect oil plants

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has tightened security at oil facilities after the country’s anti-terror chief escaped a suicide attack, guards at Abqaiq, the world’s biggest oil processing plant, said on Sunday.

Abqaiq was the first Saudi oil target since Al Qaeda launched attacks aimed at toppling Saudi Arabia’s pro-Western monarchy in 2003. The country’s deputy interior minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, on Thursday escaped with light injuries in the first known assault on a member of the Saudi royal family.

“Thursday night we received a call to tighten security measures and car inspection at all gates,” one security guard said.

“Even Aramco employees undergo inspection. There’s a lack of trust as militants disguised in Aramco’s cars in 2006 attacked the facility,” he added.


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