Bahrainis arrested on charges of plotting a string of car attacks

September 15, 2010

Two Bahrainis have been arrested on charges of plotting a wave of car bombings on Eid Al Fitr, the celebrations marking the end of Ramadan, the interior ministry has said.

The string of attacks were planned to occur at 10 sensitive areas, using cars loaded with locally-made highly explosive devices, as part of a terror plot aimed to undermine Bahrain’s stability, spread chaos, terrorise innocent people and damage public and private properties, the ministry said on Tuesday night.

The two men, arrested on September 8, two days before Eid Al Fitr, prepared the explosives in a rural area near Jid Hafs, a small town west to Manama the capital, using manuals on how to make remote-controlled explosive devices brought into the country from abroad.

The duo selected the types of cars to be stolen and used for the remote-control attacks, said the ministry.

An experiment recreating the devices carried out by forensic experts showed they were capable of hurling shrapnel and debris across a radius of 150 metres and up to 100 metres in the air, which would have caused devastating effects on people and property, the ministry said.

Both suspects have been presented to the public prosecutor.

The ministry’s statement was issued hours after it reported the launch of investigations into a dawn attack on the parked cars on the driveway of a house belonging to security staff.

The attack in Hamad Town, 25 kilometres south of Manama, damaged the cars, but caused no casualties.

Al Wefaq, Bahrain’s largest society, condemned the attack, saying that it was unacceptable regardless of the reasons.

The last car bombing occurred in Bahrain during the period of unrest in the 1990s when two explosion devices were placed under the cars of the editor in chief and editor of Al Ayam, a liberal newspaper.

One employee was injured in the attack.






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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
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