Bahrain ‘uncovers terrorist cell’ plotting attacks

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Bahrain says it has uncovered an international “terrorist cell” comprising 54 members, with police arresting 25 suspects in the Arab Gulf country.

The group includes 12 based in Iran and Iraq, one in Germany and 41 – including 10 who escaped prison in January – from Bahrain, the information ministry said on Friday in a statement sent to Al Jazeera.

The statement did not disclose the suspects’ nationalities.

Authorities said that they confiscated machine guns and explosive devices from the group, which is accused of carrying out and plotting deadly attacks on police in the country.

The group was blamed for killing at least two police officers and injuring another one in three separate attacks in January in and around the capital Manama.

Ahmed al-Hammadi, a chief prosecutor, told state news agency BNA that in total there are 41 alleged members.

Sixteen of the suspected members in Bahrain remain at large, he said.