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UK consultants stay put after Saudi attacks

BRITISH CONSULTANTS working in Saudi Arabia have held back from pulling out of the country despite the killing of 22 non-Muslims by Islamic militants last weekend.

The attack in Khobar, in Eastern Province, was the latest in a series of violent actions by terror group al-Qaeda against the Saudi oil industry and Westerners based in the country.

The US State Department has told all Americans to leave the kingdom.

But Britain's Foreign & Commonwealth Office is more reserved, advising against travel unless on 'essential business'.

US owned consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff has a permanent office in Saudi.

It said that it did not propose to withdraw any staff at the moment. 'But we are constantly reviewing and updating our security measures in relation to our employees working and travelling in the Middle East, ' a spokesman said.

Buro Happold also has an office in the country, staffed by around 25 expatriates and locals. Its advice to staff is to keep a low profile, be careful and remain vigilant.

As a long term plan it intends to move people into the United Arab Emirates.

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