From Iran’s IRIB News, with thanks to Twostellas:
Dubai, May 14 – A statement purported to be from the Al-Qaeda chief in Saudi Arabia said on Friday that one of the terror network’s cells had carried out a recent attack at a petrochemical plant which killed five westerners.
“The Yanbu cell which carried out the heroic, successful operation this month is one of the most eloquent and best examples” of what militants should seek to achieve, said the statement attributed to Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin and posted on an Islamist website.
The authenticity of the statement could not be independently confirmed.
Four gunmen went on a shooting rampage at the plant in the industrial Red Sea port of Yanbu on May 1, killing two Americans, two Britons and an Australian.
A Saudi national guardsman was also shot dead in gunbattles before the carnage ended with the death of the assailants.
“Our brother Abu Ammar Mustafa Al-Ansari, God rest his soul, was from the cream of the Mujahedeen, having waged Jihad (holy war) in Afghanistan and Somalia,” said the message allegedly penned by Muqrin, who tops a list of most-wanted presumed Al-Qaeda militants in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi authorities have identified the leader of the Yanbu assailants, all from the same family, as Mustafa Abdul Kader Abed Al-Ansari.