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Saudi Arabia thwarts terrorist attack on Marjan offshore oilfield

Captured boat was loaded with weapons for ‘subversive purpose’, says official

Saudi Arabia thwarts terrorist attack on Marjan offshore oilfield
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Saudi Arabia has said it thwarted a terrorist attack on its major offshore oilfield.

The attack was disrupted on Friday night, state news agency SPA quoted an unnamed official as saying.

Three small boats, bearing “red and white flags”, entered the Saudi territorial waters in the Arabian Gulf and headed for platforms of Marjan oilfield.

According to SPA, Saudi naval forces fired warning shots and captured one boat which was loaded with weapons for “subversive purpose”. The other two boats escaped.

In April, Saudi forces averted an attempted attack on an oil distribution centre involving an unmanned boat from Yemen loaded with explosives.

Saudi Arabia said it is determined to combat and eradicate terrorism and its sources, as a part of the country’s permanent objective to protect its national security against any external aggression.