Terrorists strike Saudi

first_imgSaudi Arabia was left reeling this week after Islamist militants stormed a smart residential compound and an oil company headquarters in Khobar, taking more than 50 people hostage. 22 people, including nine of the hostages, were killed before Saudi troops stormed the compound where they were being held. This incident raises new concerns about the Saudi government’s ability to combat Islamic terrorism, and the security of foreign workers in the country. The militants, who are thought to have Al-Qaeda links, were said to be specifically targeting foreigners. They were reported to have asked people in the compound, “Are you Muslim or Christian? We don’t want to kill Muslims.” The Oasis residential compound, one of the most luxurious in the city, is home to many oil company executives. Fears over the safety of its citizens have led the US to request that all its nationals leave the country immediately and the UK to issue travel advisory warnings. The recent attacks have had an adverse effect on the price of oil with investors fearing that it is part of a sustained attempt to disrupt oil supplies from the world’s largest exporter. The recent events in Khobar follow gun attacks at a petrochemical plant in Yanbu which killed five foreigners, and a suicide bomb attack on a residential compound in November last year in Riyadh which left 17 dead.ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img

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