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Bomb making tools found in package at Bahrain airport

Ministry of Interior says controlled explosion carried out, investigations ongoing

Bomb making tools found in package at Bahrain airport
Bahrain International Airport where the package was found.

Bahrain's Ministry of Interior said on Wednesday it had found a package containing tools commonly used to make explosives in the Gulf kingdom's airport.

On its official Twitter account, the ministry initially said authorities had carried out a controlled explosion on a package containing explosives which had come into Bahrain on a flight from Britain, via Dubai.

It added that investigations were continuing into the incident, without giving further details.

It then posted a corrected statement saying the package contained tools for making explosives rather than explosives themselves.

A later statement read: "The general director of Bahrain International Airport Police said that policemen became concerned about the package because it contained suspicious wires."

It added that after examining the package at the Ministry of Interior's labs it was revealed that the materials in the package were "empty from explosives, but they could be used in the making of explosive device".

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