DUBAI (Reuters) – Bahrain safety forces arrested numerous suspected militants forward of a deliberate assault and confiscated weapons and explosives that had come from Iran, the inside ministry mentioned on its official Twitter on Monday.
The ministry didn’t say how many individuals had been arrested or specify their nationalities. It described them as “linked with terrorist teams in Iran” and mentioned they had been “plotting terrorist operations in opposition to safety and civil peace”.
Bahrain, host to the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet and different worldwide naval operations, has typically accused Shi’ite Muslim Iran of searching for to subvert the Sunni-ruled kingdom, which has a Shi’ite majority. Iran has denied such fees.
The island state was the one Gulf Arab state to witness a sizeable pro-democracy rebellion within the 2011 “Arab Spring”, from a largely Shi’ite opposition motion, which it quashed with assist from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Final 12 months, Bahrain mentioned it had foiled a “terrorist assault” backed by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
(Reporting by Moataz Abdelrahiem; Writing by Nadine Awadalla and Ghaida Ghantous; Enhancing by Jon Boyle and Philippa Fletcher)