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Bahrain foils terror plot to storm jail

Our Correspondent / 26 June 2013

Bahrain has foiled a jail-break plot that targeted a detention centre after arresting suspected terrorists and seizing weapons and ammunition in their possession.

The Ministry of Interior announced that eight suspects were arrested on June 21 and 22 and were charged with planning to assist in the escape of some detainees. A search in ongoing for the ninth suspect. The police investigation revealed a detailed plan by the gang, in which they were to use a rental car to enter the jail, shoot policemen guarding the centre and take hostages.

A map of the entrance and exits of the centre were also found in their possession. The investigation has revealed that the suspects are members of the terror cell known as “Al Imam Army” that previously was known to be targeting important sites in Bahrain.

Investigators found that the cell had received financial support and training from groups in Iran, Lebanon and Iraq in order to increase the recruitment of members to implement their plots.

The cell members are linked to a person named “Bunasser” from Iran and were trained in hunting, live fire and the use of RPGs and other high-powered weapons.

Two Kalashnikovs, 143 Kalashnikov bullets, five loaded magazines and one gun were confiscated from the suspects.

shamada@khaleejtimes.com

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