Bahrain says bomb attacks show hand of Hezbollah

Five home-made bombs that killed two people in Bahrain on Monday bore the hallmarks of Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group allied with Iran, the U.S.-aligned government said on Tuesday.

The Sunni Muslim-dominated government has been struggling since early last year to suppress pro-democracy unrest led mainly by the Gulf Arab kingdom’s majority Shi’ite Muslims.

The official Bahrain News Agency quoted Information Minister Samira Ibrahim bin Rajab as saying the bombings were staged by terrorist groups trained outside Bahrain and based in countries including Lebanon.

She said the groups were operating under principles set by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and that 19 pro-Iran satellite media channels were inciting their supporters in Bahrain to subvert the government.

Police officials work at a bomb site in capital of Manama, Bahrain, November 5, 2012. Five bombs exploded in the heart of the Bahraini capital Manama on Monday, killing two people, officials said, in rare attacks targeting civilians during the 21-month-old uprising against the kingdom's U.S.-backed rulers. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

The five blasts in the capital Manama on Monday killed two street cleaners and wounded another, according to state media. The Interior Ministry described the blasts as “terrorist acts”, its term for violence by opposition activists.

But an opposition politician and a human rights activist said that the attacks, which came a few days after the government banned opposition gatherings with the stated goal of ensuring public safety, could have been the work of government forces trying to justify the clampdown.

The government has repeatedly accused Shi’ite Iran of fomenting the turmoil, a charge the Islamic Republic denies. Hezbollah also denies involvement in the Bahrain protests, but has criticized the government’s handling of them.

Bahraini police say they have been the target of numerous attacks with homemade bombs since April, including one that killed a policeman last month.

  • PeaceintheME

    Seems these days everything is always blamed on the same 3, Syria, Iran and Hezbollah. Any murder, Any suicide bombing, always the same 3. Surely there must be other countries committing atrocities. Like for example the use of drones by the US where 1000’s in the past have been killed. Isn’t that terrorism. Or the way innocent Palestinians get bombed by Israel. Or do we turn a blind eye and swallow the shit they feed us by saying this is a war against terror.  

    • 5thDrawer

      Speaking of shit … 1000’s by drones ???

  • PeaceintheME

    Seems these days everything is always blamed on the same 3, Syria, Iran and Hezbollah. Any murder, Any suicide bombing, always the same 3. Surely there must be other countries committing atrocities. Like for example the use of drones by the US where 1000’s in the past have been killed. Isn’t that terrorism. Or the way innocent Palestinians get bombed by Israel. Or do we turn a blind eye and swallow the shit they feed us by saying this is a war against terror.  

    • 5thDrawer

      Speaking of shit … 1000’s by drones ???

  • dateam

    Five home-made bombs that killed two people in Bahrain on Monday bore the hallmarks of Hezbollah…im sure if hezbollah were involved they would be using something a little stronger than home made bombs??? i just love to know what the hallmarks of a home made bomb are???? whose the source of this article?

    • 5thDrawer

      Only killed two? Can’t be Hezzys.

  • dateam

    Five home-made bombs that killed two people in Bahrain on Monday bore the hallmarks of Hezbollah…im sure if hezbollah were involved they would be using something a little stronger than home made bombs??? i just love to know what the hallmarks of a home made bomb are???? whose the source of this article?

    • 5thDrawer

      Only killed two? Can’t be Hezzys.