Saudis charge 16 insurgents with plotting attacks on oil sites

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

ABU DHABI Saudi Arabia is said to have foiled a new wave of Al Qaida attacks this time against the kingdom's oil facilities.

Saudi officials said 16 suspected Islamic insurgents were arrested and accused of planning to attack targets in the Eastern Province. The targets included oil and natural gas pipelines, petrochemical facilities and refineries.

The Interior Ministry said the targets were in the Eastern Province. A ministry statement said security forces also captured night-vision equipment, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, weapons and explosives in Riyad, Qassam and the Eastern Province.

Altogether, the ministry said, 20 tons of chemical substances for the manufacture of explosives were seized. The capture was the biggest since the May 7 raid of an Al Qaida hideout in Riyad.

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