ABU DHABI: ARAB NEWS
Published — Thursday 21 February 2013
Last update 21 February 2013 12:15 am
Bahrain has accused Iran's Revolutionary Guard of setting up a militant cell to assassinate public figures in the kingdom and attack its airport and government buildings.
Bahraini authorities said earlier they had arrested eight Bahrainis in the group, with links to Iran, Iraq and Lebanon.
In a statement published by the Bahrain News Agency, Bahrain's head of public security said the cell was part of a group called the "Imam Army" which included Bahrainis at home and abroad and members of other nationalities.
"Investigation has also revealed that a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard codenamed 'Abu Naser' masterminded the whole terror operation," the agency and Reuters quoted public security chief Major-General Tariq Hassan Al-Hassan as saying.
Abu Nasser supplied the group with $ 80,000, Hassan said, and instructed it to gather information, recruit and obtain weapons storage in Bahrain.
The cell's planned targets included the Ministry of Interior and Bahrain International Airport, he said in a report carried by Reuters news agency.
The group attended training camps run by the Revolutionary Guard inside Iran, as well as some operated by Iraq's Hezbollah in Baghdad and the Iraqi city of Kerbala, Hassan added.
Five of the detainees were arrested in Bahrain and three in Oman, General Hassan said, adding another four Bahrainis were being sought by the authorities.
He said authorities had collected evidence in the form of papers and electronic documents, flashcards, phones, computers, cash and images of bank transactions.