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  • Oil giant evacuates staff from Saudi port after gun attack
    édité le 02/05/2004

Swiss-Swedish engineering and oil services giant ABB says it is pulling out all expatriate staff from the Saudi port of Yanbu where five of its engineers were killed in a shooting spree.

"We have given people the choice whether they wanted to stay under tighter security or leave and they all decided to leave," ABB spokesman Bjorn Eglund said in Zurich.

"So in the next couple of days we will make sure that they can do so."

Five Western engineers - two Americans, two Britons and an Australian - working for a subsidiary of ABB were killed along with Saudi national man in a shooting attack in the Red Sea port on Saturday.

ABB employs more than 50 people, mainly Americans but also British and Australian nationals in Yanbu in an oil facility run by US energy giant Exxon Mobil and the Saudi company SABIC.

Mr Eglund said about 100 people would be evacuated including employees and their families, although the decision does not affect ABB's other activities in Saudi Arabia.

The five slain engineers were working for ABB's energy arm ABB Lummus which is based in Houston, Texas.

Origine : Communiqué AFP

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