By Sarah Townsend
Four accused allegedly poured petrol on the Ithmaar Bank ATM before throwing Molotov cocktails at it
Four men are on trial for allegedly setting an ATM on fire in Bahrain, it has emerged.
The accused are all Bahrainis, aged between 16 and 23. They allegedly poured petrol on the Ithmaar Bank ATM in Salmabad before lobbing Molotov cocktails at it and causing thousands of dinars worth of damage on October 17 last year.
Gulf Daily News reported that the four men appeared at Bahrain’s High Criminal Court on Monday to plead not guilty to arson, possessing Molotov cocktails and taking part in an illegal gathering.
However, one of the accused reportedly admitted to taking part in the attack.
The 21-year-old claimed the group filmed what happened and passed the footage to a gang known as Saraya Al Muqawama Al Shabiya (the Popular Resistance Brigade) who uploaded the video on social media, the newspaper reported.
“I was sitting in my majlis when I got a call from a friend on my BlackBerry three days before the incident,” he told prosecutors.
“[My friend] told us to join an attack on an ATM in Salmabad and I agreed.
“We made firebombs by filling them with petrol and prepared them to be used in the arson.
“We headed to Salmabad, parked near the ATM and kept a lookout to make sure police were not around.
“We then got out and I poured petrol on the ATM belonging to Ithmaar Bank before my friends threw firebombs at it.
“One of my friends filmed the incident and we gave it to Saraya Al Muqawama Al Shabiya to publish on social media.
“I was arrested three days after the attack,” he added.
The case has been adjourned until June 28.