The authorities uncovered a sophisticated bomb-making facility that contained in excess of 1.5 tons of high-grade explosives, including C4-RDX, TNT, and other powerful chemical explosives in a counter-terrorism operation at a warehouse in the Nuwaidrat residential district. The facility had been adapted to accommodate an elaborate network of hidden underground bunkers and an above-ground manufacturing operation.
The Interior Ministry confirmed that a number of people suspected of being responsible for assembling and concealing the explosive material in the warehouse had been arrested. Like in the case of similar previous incidents during 2015, the terror suspects have strong links with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the Hezbollah.
Chief of Police Major General Tariq Al Hasan said: "This significant discovery marks yet another disturbing incident in which relentless Iranian actions are attempting to undermine security and stability within Bahrain and the wider region.
“The sophistication of terrorist-related incidents in Bahrain has increased markedly during 2015, and the professionalism with which these materials are manufactured, concealed and deployed is a clear indication of international support and sponsorship.”
Those arrested have been linked to a number of terrorist incidents in Bahrain over recent years, and forensic tests of the material discovered show similarities with explosives used in recent terrorist attacks in Bahrain, investigations have shown.
Source: Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the United States; Photo: Bahrain News Agency (BNA)