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14 arrested for terror plot in Bahrain

world Updated: Dec 28, 2008 14:42 IST
14 arrested for terror plot in Bahrain

With the arrest of 14 people, Bahrain has unveiled a terror plot that was planned to sabotage the country's National Day and Accession Day (December 16 and 17) celebrations when thousands of people had gathered in public.

Bahrain's Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa told reporters on Saturday that the plot was nipped in the bud and 14 people were arrested in this connection.

The news of the plot was earlier reported by the local media but there was no confirmation from the authorities.

According to Shaikh, those arrested received training in Syria on using weapons and making explosives.

The minister said the attack was set for December 17 and planned targets included Exhibition Road (Avenue), the Marina Club, the Diplomatic Area and nightclubs in capital Manama.

He added that two Bahrainis living in London were believed to be the leaders of the cell which planned to disrupt peace and public order and endanger their lives.

The suspects travelled to Syria as tourists in July and August and then met one of the two "masterminds", Shaikh said.

The masterminds planned to smuggle a large quantity of weapons into Bahrain to be used for acts of violence and sabotage.

Police stormed houses of the 14 suspects, confiscated explosives, according to the minister who also said that all of them confessed and gave detailed account of their plans. Two of the 14 were arrested early on December 18.