Al Qaeda claims responsibility for Saudi attack
Saudi-born Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda group claimed responsibility for Friday's attack on a major Saudi oil facility at Abqaiq, the group said in an Internet statement.

The statement, posted by the al Qaeda group in the Peninsula on a Web site often used by militant groups, said two of its members carried out the suicide operation, but gave no details.

"With grace from God alone, hero mujahideen from the squadron of Sheikh Osama bin Laden succeeded today (Friday)...in penetrating a plant for refining oil and gas in the town of Abqaiq in the eastern part of the peninsula, and then allowed two car bombs in driven by two martyrdom seekers," it said.

The statement added: "These plants help in stealing the Muslims' wealth of oil."

The group said it would give further details of the operation and those who carried it out at a later stage.

It said the operation was within the framework of efforts by al Qaeda to prevent the theft of Muslims' wealth by "crusaders and Jews" and to force "infidels" out of the peninsula.

Al Qaeda leaders have called on militants to wage attacks on oil targets in the Gulf region.

The authenticity of the statement could not be verified.

Posted by: lotp 2006-02-25