Large explosives cache, bomb-making facility discovered in Bahrain

MANAMA, 1st October, 2015 (WAM) -- Bahrain’s Interior Ministry has announced that security authorities have seized an unprecedented amount of internationally sourced explosives and bomb-making materials that were to be used in terror attacks.

Authorities uncovered a sophisticated bomb-manufacturing facility that contained in excess of 1.5 tonnes of high-grade explosives, including C4-RDX, TNT, and other powerful chemical explosives, in a counter-terrorism operation at a warehouse in the Nuwaidrat residential district. The facility had been adapted to accommodate an elaborate network of hidden underground bunkers and an above-ground manufacturing operation.

Bahrain’s Interior Ministry confirmed that a number of individuals suspected of being responsible for assembling and concealing explosive materials in the warehouse have been arrested, and as with previous incidents throughout 2015, the terror suspects hold strong connections with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah.

Chief of Police, Major-General Tariq Al Hasan, said, "This significant discovery marks yet another disturbing incident in which relentless Iranian actions are attempting to undermine security and stability within Bahrain and the wider region."

"The sophistication of terrorist-related incidents in Bahrain have increased markedly during 2015, and the professionalism with which these materials are manufactured, concealed, and deployed is a clear indication of international support and sponsorship."

Those arrested have been linked to a number of terrorist incidents in Bahrain over recent years, and forensic tests of the materials discovered show similarities with explosives used in recent terrorist attacks in Bahrain, investigations showed.


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