DUBAI Bahrain said on Sunday it had damaged an Iranian-linked “terrorist mobile” suspected of involvement in a bomb attack on a law enforcement bus in February and plotting to assassinate senior officials, condition information agency BNA claimed.
The agency quoted an Interior Ministry assertion as declaring that the fourteen-member mobile was performing underneath immediate supervision from two exiled Bahrainis residing in Iran, one particular of them not long ago selected by the United States as a “worldwide terrorist”.
Tensions have been soaring in the kingdom due to the fact past yr just after authorities stepped up a crackdown on dissent, banning the main opposition group al-Wefaq, arresting a foremost activist and critic of the government and revoking the citizenship of the non secular chief of the country’s the vast majority Shi’ites.
BNA said that six of the arrestees gained military training in camps underneath Iranian Revolutionary Guard supervision, 5 had been educated by the Iraqi Hezbollah group and a few gained training in Bahrain.
They are suspected of a bomb attack on a bus in February that hurt 5 law enforcement officers, the agency said. The group is also suspected of plotting to attack “senior officials”, the assertion said but gave no even further particulars.
It said weapons, locally-made explosives and interaction equipment had been seized from the properties of the suspects.
The assertion said the mobile was currently being financed and directed from Iran by Qassim Abdullah Ali and Mortada Majid Al-Sanadi. The U.S. State Department in March labelled Sanadi and a different Bahraini determined as Ahmad Hasan Yusuf as “Specially Specified World Terrorists”.
Earlier this month, Bahrain announced it had uncovered a group comprising fifty four users suspected of involvement in assaults on security forces, which includes organizing a jail split in January, and seizing automated weapons.
Bahrain in February executed a few adult men convicted in the loss of life of a few policemen, which includes an Emirati officer, in a 2014 bomb attack.
Bahrain regularly accuses Iran, a Shi’ite theocracy, of currently being driving bomb assaults targeting security companies and fomenting Shi’ite protests. Iran denies interfering in Bahrain, while it acknowledges support for opposition groups trying to find higher rights for Bahrain’s Shi’ites.
The Shi’ite group led Arab Spring protests in 2011 that have been put down by the government with assist from neighboring Saudi Arabia.
Hundreds of predominantly Shi’ite Muslim Bahrainis are in jail on fees ranging from participating in anti-government protests to armed assaults on security forces.
(Reporting by Sami Aboudi Enhancing by Andrew Hay)