MANAMA: Bahrain blacklisted three anti-government groups as terrorist organisations yesterday, a day after a bomb killed two local policemen and an officer from the United Arab Emirates, state news agency BNA said.
The attack has raised fears of more violence in the Sunni Muslim-ruled kingdom, where opposition groups led by majority Shias have staged protests for the past three years demanding political reform and an end to perceived discrimination.
The cabinet, meeting in emergency session in Manama, put the “so-called February 14 movement, Saraya Al Ashtar (Ashtar Brigade) and Saraya Al Muqawama (Resistance Brigade) and any group associated or allied to them on lists of terrorist groups”, BNA said.
The decision effectively outlaws these groups and makes their members subject to imprisonment.
BNA said 25 suspects in Monday’s bombing in the village of Daih, west of the capital Manama, had been rounded up.
Speaking on Bahraini state television, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa condemned the attack and blamed Iran for instability in the island kingdom. “As we have said before, what happens inside our country has foreign links. We have announced publicly that foreign training sessions were organised and hosted at Iranian Revolutionary Guard camps that operated with official backing,” he said.