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  • Two oil tankers ‘attacked’ in Gulf of Oman

    14 June 2019

    Two oil tankers have suffered explosions in the Gulf of Oman in what has been described as an ‘attack’. The explosions, which occurred on June 13, come just a month after four tankers were attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in May....

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  • UAE report on oil tanker attacks blames ‘state actor’

    07 June 2019

    The United Arab Emirates has told the UN Security Council a ‘state actor’ was most likely behind attacks on four tankers off its coast. The May 12 attacks bore the hallmarks of a sophisticated and co-ordinated operation, the report said....

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  • Saudi Arabia says oil facilities near Riyadh attacked following sabotage of tankers off UAE

    14 May 2019

    Saudi Arabia said explosive-laden drones had struck oil pumping stations in the Riyadh region on May 14 in what it called an act of terrorism two days after Saudi oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. Saudi state media reported Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih saying the two recent attacks threatened global oil supplies and proved the need to counter terrorist groups. ...

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  • At least seven killed in Afghanistan coal mine explosion

    23 April 2019

    An Afghan official said on April 21 that an explosion at a coal mine in the northern province of Samangan had killed at least seven miners. Hashim Bayan, a spokesman for the provincial police chief, said two other miners were injured in the blast in the remote Dar-i-Suf district....

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  • Russian-linked malware found in second Saudi facility

    12 April 2019

    Malware linked to an attempt to sabotage a Saudi petrochemical plant in 2017 has been discovered in a second facility in that country, according to cybersecurity consultantcy FireEye. Researchers found evidence of the malware in an unnamed critical infrastructure facility.  ...

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Battery blast at Iranian naval facility kills three workers 09 April 2019

Iranian media sources said an explosion at a naval shipbuilding facility near Bandar Abbas in the south of the country killed three workers. A March 6 report by the Fardanews website said the three technicians died when batteries exploded in an unidentified submarine they were working on....

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Explosion at Egypt fertiliser factory kills ten 21 March 2019

Ten workers were killed on March 21 when an ammonia tank full exploded at a fertiliser plant at Ain Sokhna in Egypt's northeastern Suez province, according to Al-Ahram. The explosion occurred during an operational test of one of the ammonia tanks inside the factory....

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Iran gas pipeline explosion kills four 14 March 2019

A gas-pipeline explosion has killed at least two people in Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan, according to local media. The March 14 blast hit a pipeline between the provincial capital, Ahvaz, and the city of Mahshahr, near the Persian Gulf. The semi-official ISNA news agency said that the explosion was caused by a gas leakage from the pipeline....

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Three miners killed, two critical after Turkish coal mine explosion 22 November 2018

Three miners were killed and two injured after an underground explosion in Turkey’s Black Sea region early on November 21. The blast, thought to have been caused by methane, took place at an unlicensed mine in Kilimli in the northern province of Zonguldak. The two injured miners are in critical condition, according to hospital sources quoted by state-run news agency Anadolu....

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Russian research laboratory linked to cyber attack on Saudi petrochemical plant 25 October 2018

A series of cyber attacks in 2017, using so-called Triton malware specifically engineered to interact with Schneider Electric's Triconex Safety Instrumented System (SIS) controllers, has been traced to a Russian research laboratory in Moscow, according to cybersecurity group FireEye. One attack almost caused an explosion at a Saudi petrochemical plant....

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