24 February 2006 -- Saudi Arabia says its security forces thwarted a suicide attack against an oil facility in the east of the country.
Western news agencies quoted sources inside the kingdom as saying at least two car bombers tried to storm an oil facility in Abqaiq. An explosion and gunshots were heard.
The pan-Arab Al-Arabiyah television station says the explosion was caused after shots fired by security guards detonated explosives inside one of the cars. It says Saudi forces killed the attackers and that three security officers also died.
Oil prices jumped more than $2 a barrel after the attack triggered worries about supply from the world's top crude producer.
Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Nuaimi said oil output was unaffected.
(compiled from agency reports)
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