Bahrain arrests "terror cell" over fake bomb plot

Sunni-ruled Bahrain has been battling protests from Shi'ite demonstrators for nearly two years (AFP/Getty Images).

Sunni-ruled Bahrain has been battling protests from Shi'ite demonstrators for nearly two years (AFP/Getty Images).

Bahraini authorities said on Tuesday evening that they had arrested a “terror cell” accused of planting fake explosives across the unrest-hit Gulf state’s capital Manama.

A statement posted on the official Bahrain News Agency (BNA) said that suspects had placed mock bombs in several crowded areas across the city and on roads.

BNA did not specify when the island’s security forces had discovered the devices or how many people had been arrested as part of the investigation.

Sunni Muslim-ruled Bahrain, home of the US Fifth Fleet, has been battling a pro-democracy uprising led by the Gulf state’s Shi’ite majority against the rule of absolute monarch King Hamad for more than 18 months.

Earlier in November, a number of bombs exploded in a single day in Manama resulting in the deaths of two Asian national street cleaners.

In the wake of the attacks, Bahraini authorities detained four suspects and pointed the finger at Lebanese Shi’ite militant group Hezbollah. Bahrain’s government has also accused Shi’ite Muslim dominated Iran of repeatedly trying to whip up discontent in the embattled Gulf state.

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