Bahrain says bomb attacks show hand of Hezbollah

November 6, 2012 19:28

DUBAI - Five home-made bombs that killed two people in Bahrain on Monday bore the hallmarks of Hezbollah, the Lebanese group allied with Iran, the US-aligned government said on Tuesday.

The Sunni Muslim-dominated government has been struggling since early last year to suppress pro-democracy unrest led mainly by the Gulf Arab kingdom's majority Shi'ite Muslims.

The official Bahrain News Agency quoted Information Minister Samira Ibrahim bin Rajab as saying the bombings were staged by terrorist groups trained outside Bahrain and based in countries including Lebanon.

She said the groups were operating under principles set by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and that 19 pro-Iran satellite media channels were inciting their supporters in Bahrain to subvert the government.

The five blasts in the capital Manama on Monday killed two street cleaners and wounded another, according to state media. Bahrain's Interior Ministry described the blasts as "terrorist acts", its term for violence by opposition activists.

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