Amir raps Bahrain at­tack

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KUWAIT CITY, June 19, (Agen­cies): His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent Mon­day a ca­ble to Bahraini King Ha­mad bin Isa bin Sal­man Al-Khal­ifa, ex­press­ing his con­do­lences over the vic­tims of the ter­ror bomb­ing in Manama on Mon­day.

In the ca­ble, His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah dis­played Kuwait’s strong­est con­dem­na­tion to­wards the at­tack that led to the death and in­jury of sev­eral se­cu­rity per­son­nel.

His High­ness the Amir also said that Kuwait will stand against those ea­ger to cause ter­ror and in­sta­bil­ity in Bahrain, af­firm­ing that Kuwaitis were stand­ing in sol­i­dar­ity with the Bahraini lead­er­ship and peo­ple.

His High­ness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah also sent sim­i­lar ca­bles to the Bahraini Monarch.

A “ter­ror­ist” bomb at­tack in a Shi­ite vil­lage in Bahrain has killed a po­lice­man and wounded two oth­ers, the in­te­rior min­istry in the Sunni-ruled Gulf king­dom said on Mon­day.

The at­tack late Sun­day oc­curred in Di­raz, west of the cap­i­tal Manama, the min­istry said on its Twit­ter ac­count.

Wit­nesses said they heard a loud blast near the home of revered Shi­ite cleric Isa Qas­sim, where five peo­ple were killed last month when se­cu­rity forces opened fire to dis­perse a sit-in.

Po­lice blocked all en­tries into the vil­lage af­ter the bomb­ing, wit­nesses said, adding se­cu­rity forces have been main­tain­ing a cor­don around Qas­sim’s house since the protest dis­per­sal.

Qas­sim is con­sid­ered to be the spir­i­tual leader of Bahrain’s ma­jor­ity Shi­ite com­mu­nity.

The Bahrain au­thor­i­ties sen­tenced Qas­sim in May to a sus­pended oneyear jail term for il­le­gal fundrais­ing and money laun­der­ing.

A court last year stripped him of his cit­i­zen­ship, spark­ing re­peated sit-ins out­side his res­i­dence in Di­raz.

The king­dom has been rocked by un­rest since 2011, when se­cu­rity forces boosted by Gulf troops crushed Shi­ite-led protests de­mand­ing a con­sti­tu­tional monar­chy and an elected prime min­is­ter.

Foreign press ac­cess is se­verely re­stricted in the ar­chi­pel­ago, which is lo­cated be­tween Saudi Ara­bia and Iran, and is home to the US Fifth Fleet.

The Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC) Mon­day also strongly con­demned the re­cent bomb­ings that oc­curred in Cairo and Bahrain’s Di­raz Vil­lage, which led to the death and in­jury of a num­ber of in­no­cent peo­ple.

The OIC said in a press re­lease that these “ter­ror­ist acts” are aimed at un­der­min­ing the se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity of both Arab and Mus­lim coun­tries, and in­tim­i­dat­ing in­no­cent peo­ple.

It re­it­er­ated its sol­i­dar­ity with the govern­ments of Egypt and Bahrain fol­low­ing the re­cent at­tacks, and reaf­firmed its prin­ci­pled and con­stant po­si­tion which de­nounces ter­ror­ism in all its forms and man­i­fes­ta­tions.

The OIC also ex­pressed sin­cere wishes for a speedy re­cov­ery for those in­jured in both at­tacks.

Ear­lier on Sun­day, the Bahraini In­te­rior Min­istry an­nounced that a po­lice­man was killed and another two wounded in a bomb at­tack in Al-Draz vil­lage, north­ern of the cap­i­tal Manama.

Egyp­tian se­cu­rity au­thor­i­ties an­nounced early Sun­day that a po­lice­man was killed and three oth­ers in­jured in a shoot­ing that tar­geted their ve­hi­cle in Cairo.

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