Bahrain calls pipeline fire 'a terrorist act'

Frederick Owens
November 13, 2017

"It is an act of sabotage, a serious terrorist act aimed at harming the interests of the nation and endangering the population", the interior ministry said on Twitter.

Bahrain's claims are aimed at deflecting worldwide 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.

The statement came a day after an oil pipeline near the Buri village in central Bahrain caught fire.

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. However, it potentially opens a new front in the low-level insurgency plaguing Bahrain since its 2011 Arab Spring protests.

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The Iranian official made the statement in response to Bahrain's Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa's claim that Iran had been linked to the blast, which he called a "terrorist act". Late on Saturday, media reported citing Bahrain's energy company Bapco that oil supplies between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have resumed following the incident. He did not say what caused the explosion, nor did he name any suspects.

This "is a unsafe Iranian escalation aimed at terrorizing citizens and damaging the world's oil industry", the minister tweeted.

The UAE on Saturday condemned the terrorist explosion and expressed its solidarity with the kingdom.

. It has faced increasing financial pressure in recent years.

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