Crime scene markers are seen at a bomb site. - Reuters
Five blasts in Bahrain; two killed
Manama, November 5, 2012
Five bombs exploded in Bahrain early this morning, killing two Asian men and critically wounding a third man, the director general of police in the Capital Governorate said.
Bahrain News Agency quoted him as saying the blasts were acts of terrorism and happened in Gudaibiya and Adliya areas in Manama.
Initial investigations indicate that one of the two victims had kicked an explosive device which caused its detonation killing him instantaneously. The second man died upon arrival at the hospital where he was rushed after the explosion which occurred near Awal Cinema in Gudaibiya, the BNA report said.
The third victim, a garbage-cleaning worker, sustained serious physical injuries as a result of a contraption bomb explosion in Adliya district, he said.
The police urged all Bahraini citizens and residents to avoid any alien bodies and report any suspicious cases to police by calling 999 in order for them to immediately take necessary action.
The statement said search is being carried out to identity of the criminals and bring them to justice.
The blasts, in the heart of Manama, are rare attacks targeting civilians during the 21-month-old uprising.
The blasts, one outside a cinema, could be a sign that radical elements of the opposition are escalating violence, a Reuters report said. They took place days after the government said it had banned all rallies and opposition gatherings to ensure public safety.
Police have been targeted by explosions several times this year, as the government has stepped up efforts to quell the uprising that has simmered since protests broke out in early 2011. But bombs targeting civilians are rare in the kingdom.
The explosions on Monday took place between 4.30 am and 9.30 am (0130 and 0630 GMT) in the Gudaibiya and Adliya districts of Manama, the BNA agency said, citing a police official.
Almost daily clashes have been reported between protesters and riot police in various districts of the kingdom.
Masked youths terrorised motorists in several towns and villages across Bahrain as they went on the rampage yesterday, said a report in the Gulf Daily News, our sister newspaper.
The youths disrupted traffic by burning tyres, rubbish bins, lampposts, palm trees and water tanks during a spate of violent acts in Bilad Al Qadeem, Juffair, Daih, A'ali, Ras Ruman, Karzakan, Sitra, Nuwaidrat, Jid Ali, Sehla, Saar and Tubli.
Around 60 thugs also hurled Molotov cocktails at the Sitra Police Station at around 1am, said sources.
The attacks come just days after all rallies and public gatherings were banned by the Interior Ministry in an attempt to curb street violence. Legal action would be taken against anyone who calls for, or takes part in, illegal demonstrations.
Some motorists were stuck in traffic for several hours as major roads were blocked due to street violence. - TradeArabia News Service