Of­fi­cials blame ex­plo­sion on Ira­nian mil­i­tant group

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - WORLD -

An ex­plo­sion ripped through a pipe­line be­long­ing to Bahrain’s state-run oil com­pany and sent flames shoot­ing into the night sky, with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials on Satur­day blam­ing the blast on an at­tack by mil­i­tants guided by Iran.

No one was in­jured in the ex­plo­sion late Fri­day night near the Shi­ite vil­lage of Buri, and no mil­i­tant group claimed the blast. But it could sig­nal a new front in the low-level in­sur­gency plagu­ing Bahrain since its 2011 Arab Spring protests.

Bahrain’s in­te­rior min­is­ter, Sheikh Rashid bin Ab­dul­lah Al Khal­ifa, said in a state­ment that the blast was “the lat­est ex­am­ple of a ter­ror­ist act per­formed by ter­ror­ists in di­rect con­tact with, and un­der in­struc­tion from, Iran.”

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