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Kuwait to step up security at oil facilities

KUWAIT: Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) will reinforce security measures at oil installations in coordination with the country’s interior ministry, a KNPC official spokesman said yesterday. “Intensive security plans to protect oil installations and facilities will be supported by the military and taken up after coordinating with the Ministry of Interior and its subsidiary bodies,” Khaled Al-Asousi was quoted as saying by state news agency KUNA yesterday.

He said that the company is exerting tremendous efforts to protect all vital oil establishments and facilities. He did not provide further details. A year ago an Islamic State group suicide bomber killed 27 people when he blew himself up inside a mosque in Kuwait city, the first attack of its kind in the major oil-exporting state. OPEC-member Kuwait pumps three million barrels of crude per day and has three refineries with a combined capacity of 930,000 bpd.

Meanwhile, officials of the medical emergencies department yesterday searched a bag that was found abandoned in Sadiq area on suspicion that it might contain explosives. An ambulance was dispatched to the site and an inspection was carried out though no explosives were found in the bag, officials said. – Agencies

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