Bahrain arrests four linked to pipeline blast-ministry

Members of the Bahraini security forces man a checkpoint outside a Mosque in Manama. (File Photo: AFP)
Updated 07 February 2018
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Bahrain arrests four linked to pipeline blast-ministry

DUBAI: Bahraini authorities have arrested four members of cell behind a bomb attack on an oil pipeline, the interior ministry said on Wednesday, adding two of the group had been trained in Iran, an adversary of the Gulf Arab state.
Iran denies any role in Bahrain's unrest.
The explosion on November 10 caused a fire at Bahrain's main pipeline near Buri village, 15 km (10 miles) from the capital Manama, forcing the evacuation of residents.
A ministry statement said authorities had arrested four people, two of whom had received intensive training in Iran to carry out attacks to harm Bahrain's economy and its oil pipeline.
"Immediately after their return from Iran, they planned and got ready to blast the oil pipeline ...in addition to committing a series of other terrorist acts. They checked out the location and remotely bombed the pipeline," the ministry said.
Authorities were searching for three others "involved in the financing, planning, and implementation" behind the attack, the statement said, two of which live in Iran.


UN's Middle East envoy urges Israeli ‘restraint’ as Netanyahu warns of further action in Gaza

Updated 12 min 22 sec ago
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UN's Middle East envoy urges Israeli ‘restraint’ as Netanyahu warns of further action in Gaza

NEW YORK: The United Nations' Middle East envoy urged the Security Council to condemn the indiscriminate firing of rockets by Gaza's Hamas toward Israel, saying that it dramatically increased the risk of escalation and a new conflict.

Nikolay Mladenov told the council on Tuesday that "a fragile calm seems to have taken hold." He urged Israel "to exercise maximum restraint as the situation remains very tense," and not use force "without the need for it."

During the latest bout of violence, Mladenov said that at least 103 rockets and mortars had been fired from Gaza toward Israel, while Israeli forces had conducted 42 airstrikes on various locations in Gaza and fired 16 shells toward Gaza, wounding seven Palestinians and destroying several buildings including Hamas offices and security buildings.

His comments came after Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Tuesday that he was ready to order further action in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip after airstrikes in response to the rocket fire.

“I can tell you we are prepared to do a lot more. We will do what is necessary to defend our people and to defend our state,” Netanyahu told the US pro-Israel lobby AIPAC by video link after cutting short a trip to Washington to handle the crisis.

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