July 12, 1989 |
Iranian leaders Tuesday lashed out at the United States and Saudi Arabia, accusing them of complicity in two explosions that disrupted the Islamic pilgrimage at Mecca, where violence in recent years has been laid to Iranian fundamentalists. The Monday night blasts "were no doubt carried out by U.S. agents to blame Iran," Speaker of Parliament Hashemi Rafsanjani declared in an address to lawmakers in Tehran.
August 16, 1987 |
A small supply ship struck a mine and sank Saturday just outside the Persian Gulf in an area used by the U.S. Navy to assemble its convoys of re-registered Kuwaiti tankers. Shipping sources said that one crewman was killed while four others, including the British captain of the Emirates-based ship, are missing and presumed dead. In Saudi Arabia, a massive explosion rocked a major natural gas complex operated by the Arabian American Oil Co. (Aramco) on the Persian Gulf coast.
May 3, 2001 |
An American physical therapist was seriously wounded Wednesday when a parcel bomb blew up in his face in Saudi Arabia. The man suffered injuries to his face, hands and left leg when he opened a parcel--which he thought contained a videotape--in his office at the Saad Medical Center in the eastern city of Khobar, said Police Chief Naser Mohammed Naser. A tape on the U.S. Embassy answering service said the man was "gravely injured" while opening a video-sized package delivered by courier.
December 30, 2004 |
Stocks retreated Wednesday from three-year highs as oil prices vaulted back above $43 a barrel and China said it would limit airliner purchases, denting shares in Boeing and other aerospace companies. The price of crude oil jumped $1.87 a barrel to $43.64 in New York futures trading, after car bombs exploded in Saudi Arabia's capital and the U.S. government reported another drop in heating-fuel stockpiles for the winter.