Bomb-making material seized in Bahrain raids

Security authorities in Bahrain have discovered residences which were being used as factories for making highly-explosive bombs.

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Published: Thu 28 Jun 2012, 11:40 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 2:43 PM

Public Security chief Major-General Tariq Al Hassan told a press conference on Wednesday that suspects were on the run after raids were conducted on several buildings this month.

“Due to the sensitivity of the investigation and the dangerous nature of the confiscated material we have been unable to call for the public’s assistance in the case until now,” the chief said. “Unfortunately, due to the ongoing investigations we are still limited in the amount of information we are able to release.”

Al Hassan said police raided several locations where they confiscated highly explosive material used for bomb making. “This is a significant breakthrough as it indicates a new level of terrorist activity in Bahrain.” He said over five tonnes of material used in making bombs and 110 litres of chemicals had been seized. “The explosives were designed to cause severe injury, a high death toll, serious destruction to property, and instil fear in the minds of the public.”

He said there are indications that the terrorists were not working alone and that they received advanced training and logistical support. “Police received a tip about several individuals who were meeting to plan and manufacture highly explosive bombs,” he said.

“The locations we were tipped off included the residential areas of Salmabad and Hamad Town.” As a result of investigation and an analysis of the evidence collected, police have identified several suspects, including Radhi Ali Radhi Abdulrasoon, Jaffar Hussain Mohammed Yousif Eid and Dhafir Saleh Ali Saleh. Police are currently searching for these men and are asking for public’s assistance in locating them. “Someone knows where these men are,” he said. “We need that person to come forward now.” “We will find, arrest and bring these terrorists to justice,” the chief said. “It is just a matter of time.”

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