posted on May, 29 2004 @ 05:08 AM
In another attack on the Saudi oil industry gunmen made co-ordinated attacks on four compounds in the eastern city of Khobar. Along with attacking the
Al-Khobar Petroleum Center, attacks were also carried out against other offices and housing compounds.
16 people are reported dead and approximately 54 foreigners were held hostage. British, American, and Italian civilians are believed to be among
those who were held.
Hours after the initial attack, Saudi special forces have begun a raid on the compound in an attempt to free the hostages and capture the gunmen.
Ambulances and emergency crews are on scene as the raid begins.
Six gunmen and a militant leader have been arrested at the compound by Saudi forces. Two additional gunmen were killed in the raid. There are
conflicting reports as to the fate of the hostages.
The attacks came two days after a top al Qaeda leader in Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz al-Muqrin issued a battle plan for an urban guerrilla war in the
kingdom, in which he specified steps militants need to take to succeed in their violent campaign against the Saudi royal family.
"This is clearly targeting the oil sector" said a senior Western executive in the capital Riyadh.
Saudi police forces report that a British citizen, Michael Hamilton, was shot in front of his coworkers and tied to a car by the gunmen, then dragged
for over a mile before his body was dumped over a bridge. The gunmen are have also attempted to use the hostages as human shields.
This could be a very bad sign of things to come. If there is a disruption of the oil supply the effects on not only the U.S. economy but the world
economy would be catastrophic.
Postings on Islamic message boards and websites from both The Al-Quds Brigade and "Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula" have both claimed
responsibility for the attack.
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[Edited on 30-5-2004 by Banshee]
[Edited on 3-6-2004 by SkepticOverlord]