Bahrain says arrested Iran-linked 'terrorists'

Bahrain says arrested Iran-linked 'terrorists'
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22 November, 2021
Bahraini authorities arrested a gang on Monday who they said were "terrorists" affiliated with Iran, a regional foe of the tiny island kingdom
The ministry gave no further details, including the number or nationalities of those arrested [Getty]

Bahrain's interior ministry on Monday announced it had arrested a gang of armed "terrorists" it said were linked to groups in Iran.

"Terrorists (were) arrested for plotting terrorist operations against security and civil peace," the interior ministry said on Twitter.

"Weapons and explosives from Iran were seized" from the group who "are linked with terrorist groups in Iran", the brief statement said.

Sunni-ruled Bahrain accuses Shia Iran of provoking unrest in the Gulf kingdom, an allegation Tehran denies.

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The ministry gave no further details, including on how many people were arrested or their nationalities.

Bahrain has been hit by waves of unrest since 2011, when security forces crushed Shia-led protests demanding a constitutional monarchy and an elected prime minister.

Opposition movements have been outlawed and hundreds of dissidents have been imprisoned, with many stripped of their nationality.

Human rights groups have frequently said cases against activists in Bahrain - men and women, religious and secular - fail to meet the basic standards of fair trials.

Bahrain's authorities have repeatedly rejected the accusations.