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Bahrain: Iran-linked terror cell nabbed

Arrested men plotted attacks against Interior Ministry, Saudi embassy, Bahrain says

Bahrain says a terrorist cell plotting attacks against the Gulf kingdom has been uncovered by security officials in neighboring Qatar and that the four suspects have links to Iran.


Bahrain said on Saturday a cell planning to "target" its Interior Ministry, the Saudi embassy and a causeway linking the island state with neighboring Saudi Arabia had been broken up and its members detained.


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The incident is likely to further inflame tensions in Bahrain, rocked earlier this year by demonstrations by majority Shiite Muslims demanding political reforms and equality in the Sunni-led kingdom, a US ally and home of the Fifth Fleet.


Documents, computer seized

The state news agency BNA quoted an Interior Ministry spokesman as saying that four Bahraini members of the cell were detained by authorities in neighboring Qatar after they entered the Gulf Arab state from Saudi Arabia.


The four had documents and a computer that included details of vital installations, the news agency added.


"The Qatari security authorities questioned the suspects and enquiries in Qatar revealed that the suspects had illegally left Bahrain after being incited by others to head to Iran, passing through Qatar and Syria, to establish a group that carries out armed terrorist operations in Bahrain against vital establishments and individuals," BNA reported.


"Enquiries to date have confirmed that the suspects were targeting the King Fahd Causeway, the ministry of interior building, the Saudi Arabia embassy and individuals," it added.


'Suspects carried Iranian money'

The agency said the four carried unspecified sums of foreign currency, including US dollars and Iranian rials, and had flights booked to Syria.


BNA said the four suspects gave information about a fifth member of the group in Bahrain, who was also arrested.


Last month, US authorities said they had broken up a plot by two men linked to Iran's security agencies to assassinate Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir. One was arrested last month while the other was believed to be in Iran.


Iran has denied the allegations.


Reuters and AP contributed to the story




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