Bahrain says militants hit oil pipeline, opening new front

Bahrain says militants hit oil pipeline, opening new front

Bahrain says militants hit oil pipeline, opening new front

Iran had no immediate comment Saturday, though it long has denied being behind Bahrain's militant groups.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Bin Abdullah al-Khalifa described the incident as "an act of sabotage and a risky act of terrorism aimed at harming supreme interests of the homeland and safety of the people".

"The attempt to bomb the Saudi-Bahraini oil pipeline is a risky Iranian escalation that aims to scare citizens and hurt the global oil industry", Sheikh Khalid posted on Twitter on Sunday.

The explosion damaged cars and nearby buildings, forcing firefighters to evacuate the neighbourhood.

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Dr. Abdullateef Al-Zayani also strongly condemned the intentional blast that occurred on Friday near Buri Island in Bahrain that targeted an oil pipeline.

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Bahrain blamed Iranian "terror" on Saturday for an oil pipeline fire near the capital Manama, which was eventually brought under control by emergency services.

In co-operation with the Ministry of Interior, a full investigation into the cause of the incident has been launched, it added.

On Monday (AEDT) the pipeline was again operational.

Bahrain's interior minister, Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, said Saturday's (local time) blast was "the latest example of a terrorist act performed by terrorists in direct contact with and under instruction from Iran".

The government denies it discriminates against Shiites and accuses neighboring Iran of stirring up tensions, which Tehran refutes.

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