Shocking moment terror attack explosion rocks Saudi Arabian GP as huge fire rages just 12 miles from circuit

A TERRORIST attack has rocked the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix just miles away from the Jeddah circuit.

The incident comes just days after a petroleum depot was attacked by rebels.

Responsibility for the attack was claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels who have been battling the Saudi-backed government.

Formula One chiefs subsequently said they will be monitoring the situation, however SunSport understands Sunday's race will still go ahead.

Black smoke could be seen in the sky near the circuit, as videos on social media showed the Aramco facility nearby engulfed in flames.

The attack has occurred just 12 miles away from the race track.

As a result of the explosion, flights from Jeddah are being held at sea or diverted.

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According to World News IL, the explosion was due to an attack from rebels.

They tweeted: "A few minutes ago, the Houthis attacked Jeddah and hit Aramco’s petroleum facilities in Jeddah, west Saudi Arabia.

"A loud explosion was heard and a fire broke out."

And Arab News have stated that Saudi Arabia's air defence have destroyed seven drones and a missile launched by Houthi militia.

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A statement from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen read: "The hostile attempts by the Houthi militia deliberately target civilian areas, energy installations.

"We support the Gulf and international community in achieving successful negotiations with Yemen."

"The continued attacks by the Houthis threaten both regional and international security.

Arab News have also declared that the the Al-Masirah satellite news channel run – which is run by Yemen's Houthi militia – have insisted more details about their attacks would be released later.

The Iran-backed Houthis did not immediately claim responsibility for the Jeddah attack on Friday.

Meanwhile, Saudi state television acknowledged attacks in the town of Dhahran targeting water tanks that damaged vehicles and homes.

Another attack targeted an electrical substation in an area of southwestern Saudi Arabia near the Yemeni border, state TV said.


Commenting on the situation, the F1 said: "The position at the moment is that we are waiting for further information from the authorities on what has happened."

Such was the magnitude of the explosion, Red Bull star Max Verstappen asked his team if his car was on fire.

Unaware of the chaos just miles from the circuit, a panicked Verstappen radioed his team to ask if there was an issue with his Red Bull after smelling smoke.

The reigning F1 world champion asked: "I can smell burning.. is it my car?"

To which Red Bull declared the smell and smoke was not due to a fault in their car.

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