Bahrain blames Iran over pipe­line fire

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - WORLDWIDE -

Bahrain said an ex­plo­sion which caused a fire at its main oil pipe­line on Fri­day was caused by “ter­ror­ist” sab­o­tage, link­ing the at­tack to its arch-foe Iran, which de­nies any role in the Gulf is­land king­dom’s un­rest.

A key Western ally and host to the US Fifth Fleet, Sunni-ruled Bahrain has for years grap­pled with protests and spo­radic vi­o­lence com­ing from its Shia ma­jor­ity. “Ter­ror­ist acts wit­nessed by the coun­try in the re­cent pe­riod are car­ried out through di­rect con­tacts and in­struc­tions from Iran,” said Bahrain’s in­te­rior min­is­ter.

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