Bahrain police foil major terror plot
Manama, August 3, 2013
Bahrain’s police say they have foiled a major terror plot after a raid an ammunition warehouse. During which a total of 150 Molotov cocktails, homemade weapons and ready-to-use bombs were seized.
"The confiscations included two ready-to-use homemade bombs, eight homemade guns, 20 bullets, homemade weapons that are similar to tear gas, four canisters, around 150 Molotov cocktails and iron rods," a police statement was quoted in the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
Photographs of the weapons seized showed what appeared to be sophisticated homemade guns and iron rods with a fire extinguisher.
One of the pictures showed a white cap with the logo of radical opposition group the Coalition of February 14 Youth lying among crates of Molotov cocktails.
Police said the terror plot aimed to hinder people's lives and disturb peace and an investigation was underway to track down the suspects.
"Legal procedures were taken and the Public Prosecution was notified," said the statement.
"An investigation was launched to identify, locate and apprehend suspects involved in the case."
Police earlier said security forces had already taken precautionary measures to protect people as well as public and private property amid calls for opposition rallies on August 14.
Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa also said tough action would be taken against anyone who attempts to spread fear and chaos.
Speaking during an extraordinary session of the National Assembly last week, he confirmed all departments were on high alert.
MPs and Shura Council members passed 22 recommendations aimed at combating terrorism during the historic session.
His Majesty King Hamad also issued two urgent decrees that seek to reduce growing levels of street violence.
They include the death penalty for people convicted of carrying out fatal bomb attacks and minimum 10-year sentences for anyone caught collecting money for terrorist acts.
The Public Prosecution has been granted the right to inspect bank accounts of individuals and groups involved in terrorist acts, who could also have their citizenship revoked. – TradeArabia News Service