An anti-government protester takes cover
behind a piece of wood amid teargas fired by riot police
during clashes in the village of Daih
Outrage follows Bahrain killer bomb
Manama, March 4, 2014
Community leaders have reacted with outrage following the explosion of a bomb in the Daih area of Bahrain that killed three policemen and injured several others, with an MP branding the perpetrators as "murderers" and "terrorists".
Human rights should not be considered when it came to national security, MP Sawsan Taqawi was quoted as saying in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
In a passionate outburst shortly after hearing the news, she told the GDN those responsible should be given the death penalty.
"I am shocked, everyone is shocked. This is something planned and calculated by terrorists; nothing but a bunch of murderers," said the parliament's foreign affairs, defence and national security committee chairwoman, breaking down in tears.
"We do not see this happening on the streets of London and the US, because when there is any matter of national security they put the safety of people first. UK Prime Minister David Cameron said that when it comes to national security no human rights should apply.
"People are dying and we must take action; these murderers must be punished.
"I understand they could not even collect the body of one of these policemen because he was blown apart.
"And as for the National Dialogue, how can we sit down with a bunch of murderers now? We cannot," she added.
Foreign Affairs Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa took to Twitter to condemn the attack and used the hashtag "Our souls are not Cheap".
"Those behind the killing of policemen along with the instigators are responsible," he tweeted.
Parliament chairman Dr Khalifa Al Dhahrani stressed the need to enforce the law "decisively and immediately" on the perpetrators and instigators of the terror act. He extended heartfelt condolences to the families of the dead policemen, stressing parliament's full support for all measures taken to enforce justice on the perpetrators.
Northern Governor Ali Al Asfoor and Bahrain's ambassador to Saudi Arabia Shaikh Hamoud bin Abdulla Al Khalifa condemned the heinous act and urged all Bahrainis to stand united in confronting such evil forces.
The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry warned against the dangerous escalation of violence and shift in terror tactics. "Enforcing the law on everyone without exception is the only viable way to deter any attempt to subvert national security and stability," the chamber said in a statement last night.
The members stressed support for all measures which will be taken by His Majesty King Hamad to maintain security and stability.
The Foreign Correspondents Club board of directors called on international organisations to stand firm against terrorism. It added that no country is immune from cross-border terrorism.
Bahrain Society for Tolerance and Religious co-existence president Yussef Buzaboon and Bahrain Real Estate Development Society chairman Araf Hagras condemned the blast and extended condolences to the martyrs' families. – TradeArabia News Service