…as those they have nurtured turn on them. “al-Qaida Threatens to Hit More Saudi Sites,” from AP:
MANAMA, Bahrain – Al-Qaida suicide bombers will attack more Saudi oil facilities, the terror group purportedly threatened Saturday in an Internet statement that claimed responsibility for the foiled attack on the Abiqaiq plant in eastern Saudi Arabia.
Two suicide bombers tried to drive cars packed with explosives into Abiqaiq, the world’s largest oil processing facility, on Friday afternoon, but security guards opened fire and the vehicles exploded outside the gates, killing the bombers and fatally wounding two guards….
A statement appeared on a militant Web site saying that Friday’s attack was “part of a series of operations that al-Qaida is carrying out against the crusaders and the Jews to stop their plundering of Muslim wealth.” It was signed “al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula” “” the name of the Saudi branch of the terror network.
The statement did not acknowledge that the attack was foiled. In fact, it claimed that the two “heroic holy warriors” managed to enter Abiqaiq.
“There are more like them who are racing toward martyrdom and eager to fight the enemies of god, the Jews, the crusaders and their stooges, the renegade rulers” of Arab countries, the posting said.
“You will see things that will make you happy, god willing,” concluded the statement….
The al-Qaida Web posting said “these (oil) factories help to steal the wealth of Muslims” and claimed the attack was “part of al-Qaida’s project to expel the infidels from the Arab peninsula.”…
The posting said Friday’s attack was dubbed “Operation Bin Laden Conquest.”
The huge Abqaiq facility processes about two-thirds of Saudi Arabia’s oil for export, removing hydrogen sulfide and reducing the vapor to make the crude safe for shipping. It lies 25 miles inland from the Gulf coast.