Suspects in plot against Bahrain claim Iran connection

By REUTERS
November 13, 2011 20:11

 
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DUBAI - Members of a cell arrested before they could carry out attacks on Bahrain's Interior Ministry and the Saudi Arabian embassy had been in contact with Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, Bahrain's state news agency BNA reported on Sunday.

Bahrain has often accused Iran of supporting unrest by majority Shi'ites in the Gulf Arab state, which hosts the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet.

It said on Saturday the suspects, four of them Bahrainis detained in neighboring Qatar, had also planned to attack a causeway joining Bahrain to Saudi Arabia. The suspects' interrogation led to the arrest of a fifth member of the group in Bahrain, BNA reported.

Some of the suspects had confessed that "the group was set up abroad ... to carry out terror operations in Bahrain ... and was in coordination with the military overseas, including the Revolutionary Guards and the Basij (militia)", BNA quoted a Bahraini prosecution spokesman as saying.

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