As many as 138 Bahraini extremists aged between 16 and 55 years old and believed to belong to Dhu Al Faqqar Brigades terrorist group are standing trail for possessing lethal weapons that could have caused “many fatalities” and the “wiping out” of an entire area, according to court documents.
The suspects in custody appeared in the High Criminal Court yesterday after police discovered hand grenades, C4 explosives, landmines, homemade bombs, volatile chemicals and guns in secret rooms constructed in their homes located in the residential areas of Bilad Al Qadeem and Dair, reported Gulf Daily News.
“The terrorist cell stashed large amounts of explosives, military-grade mines and hand grenades to use in attacks in Bahrain. In the home of one of the defendants [a 55-year-old carpenter] in Bilad Al Qadeem, we found a hidden room on the ground floor. The room was separated by a wooden partition and we confiscated several hand grenades hidden there. In addition, chemicals used in explosives, shotgun pellets, homemade explosives and a gun were also confiscated,” police said in a statement.
“In a house in Dair we found a DFFC, which is type of a projectile known as a self-forging warhead designed to penetrate steel armour. These are mainly used in war zones and could have caused many fatalities. They are capable of wiping out areas. C4 was also found in the house,” police added.
Dhu Al Faqqar Brigades is believed to have been behind several attacks in Bahrain which left a number of policemen injured. Prosecutors claimed three of the suspects, who are being tried in absentia, received backing from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
So far, police have arrested 86 of the suspects including 40 who have been accused of receiving weapons and military training by the IRGC in Iran and Hizbollah operatives in Iraq.
Their trial has been postponed to November 30 to allow prosecution witnesses to provide evidence.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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