MANAMA: ARAB NEWS
Published — Wednesday 24 April 2013
Last update 26 April 2013 10:02 am
Two Bahraini girls were arrested for allegedly having plotted to carry out an attack on Sakhir circuit during the weekend’s Formula One Grand Prix race, police said yesterday.
Authorities arrested “two girls who were trying to carry out a terrorist act at Bahrain’s international circuit in the south, as the kingdom was hosting the Formula One race,” BNA quoted police as saying.
The pair was arrested on Saturday, the second day of practice sessions, at one of the entrances to the Sakhir circuit, south of Manama, said public security chief Gen. Tariq Hassan. He did not give the age of the girls but said one of them had concealed a pillow under her clothes and explained that this was a dry run “to test security measures.”
The pair, identified as Nafisa Al-Asfur and Rihanna Al-Musawi, are being held for 60 days on charges of seeking to “bomb the Sakhir circuit.”
The public security chief said 8,000 policemen had taken part in securing the race. He said police had seized 1,000 petrol bombs and 137 tires protesters were planning to set ablaze as well as 72 fire extinguishers which were to be used as bombs.