US warns of possible attacks on Western oil workers in Saudi Arabia

March 15, 2015 6:03 AM

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DUBAI: Western oil workers in Saudi Arabia may be the target of militant attacks, the US embassy warned on Friday. “The US Embassy has information stating that, as of early March, individuals associated with a terrorist organization could be targeting Western oil workers, possibly to include those US citizens working for oil companies in the Eastern Province, for an attack(s) and/or kidnapping(s),” it said. The message did not identify the militants.

Tensions are growing in the country’s oil-rich Eastern province, one of the main centres of the Shi’ite community in majority Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, as neighbouring Yemen, Iraq and Syria contend with violent sectarian conflict. Some leading clerics of Saudi Arabia’s official Wahhabi school of Su...

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