By Sarah Townsend
Eyewitnesses tell of the two explosions that shook glass in nearby mall
Arab states have come out in support of Bahrain following a brutal terror attack on Friday that left one policeman dead and several civilians injured, including one baby.
GCC secretary-general Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani on Sunday condemned the bomb attack in the Shi’ite village of Karranah on Friday night and urged the international community to step up efforts to stamp out terrorism in the region.
Bahrain’s state news agency BNA reported that UAE ambassador Abdul-Ridha Abdulla Khoury described the blast as a “cowardly terrorist attack which contravenes Islamic precepts, religious principles and international norms”.
Arab League secretary-feneral Dr Nabil Al-Arabi added: “These criminal attempts to subvert Bahrain’s security and stability will not achieve their despicable ends.”
And Kuwait and Jordan joined other government ministers in denouncing the attack. BNA said Bahrain’s King Hamad sent a cable of thanks to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah responding to his condolences sent the previous day.
King Hamad said in a statement that the kingdom resolved “to continue its efforts and enhance its cooperation with brotherly and friendly countries to deal with all challenges and threats facing the region and confront all forms of foreign interference that aim to ignite sedition, put the gains and achievements of our countries and people at risk and subvert security and stability in our region.”
Meanwhile, Gulf Daily News cited eyewitnesses that claimed the blast was so powerful that it shook glass windows in a nearby shopping mall.
One witness said panic broke out at the Country Mall, when two explosions happened within seconds of each other. “I arrived in Costa Coffee minutes before the attack and as soon as my friends and I sat down we heard the first explosion,” the witness said.
“It was so loud and shook the windows; we immediately knew it wasn’t one of those cylinder explosions.
“We stood up and looked around to try and see where it was coming from, but we couldn’t tell.
“When the second blast happened, everyone went outside to the front of the mall to see what was going on.
“It was scary for everyone, we could barely see because of all the dust and smoke that kicked up.”
However, sources told the newspaper that the civilians admitted to hospital were in a stable condition.
“Two of the officers have now been discharged, as well as the child and the parents,” the sources were quoted as saying.
“The policeman who was critical is now stable, with a mid-section injury. Another policeman is also stable, but is being kept for observation at the moment.”
A bomb squad reportedly diffused another explosive in Saar on Saturday night, close to the mosque. The main road was cordoned off by police patrols and traffic was diverted while officials worked to diffuse the device.