Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Bahrain calls oil pipeline fire 'a terrorist act'

Bahrain calls oil pipeline fire 'a terrorist act'

Bahrain blamed Iranian "terror" on Saturday for an oil pipeline fire near the capital Manama, which was eventually brought under control by emergency services.

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Dr. Abdullateef Al-Zayani also strongly condemned the intentional blast that occurred on Friday near Buri Island in Bahrain that targeted an oil pipeline.

Bahrain's claims are aimed at deflecting global attention from the indiscriminate attacks it has conducted against Yemeni civilians since 2015 as part of the Saudi alliance to reinstate the fugitive president Abd-Rabbu Mansur Hadi.

In this photo released by Bahrain News Agency, Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Bahrain Minister of Interior talks with a member of the emergency services, during his visit to the scene of an explosion, in Bahrain, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

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Bahrain has been combatting a low-level insurgency since the Sunni monarchy quashed a 2011 Arab Spring uprising led by majority Shiites.

Bahraini authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.

The interior minister of Bahrain on Saturday said the recent oil pipeline fire was "a terrorist act", according to a statement issued by the country's Interior Ministry, APA reports quoting AA. He did not say what caused the explosion, nor did he name any suspects.

"It seems the only thing that Bahraini officials have learned to do after any incident in the island is pinning the blame on Iran", Qassemi said in a statement on Sunday. Independent news gathering there has grown more hard, with the government refusing to accredit two AP reporters and others.

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