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Guards foiled Saudi car bomb oil attack-security

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LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) Saudi security foiled today an attack on the huge Abqaiq oil facility by three cars armed with explosives, firing on them as they rammed the outer gates of the facility, Saudi security adviser Nawaf Obaid said.

Obaid told Reuters that the three cars exploded after being fired on by security guards at the gates 1.5 km from the main entrance to Abqaiq. ''Three cars rammed the first of the three sets of gates protecting Abqaiq and when security shot at them all three cars exploded,'' Obaid said.

''The attack was stopped at the first security cordon. The cars were not able to get into the refinery ... No blast occurred within the plant perimeter,'' another adviser said.

REUTERS CH PM2038

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