Bahrain vowed Tuesday to eliminate “terrorism,” a day after a bomb killed three policemen in a village, in the deadliest attack on security forces since they crushed the 2011 uprising.
Authorities arrested 25 people on suspicion of involvement in the bomb attack and listed an activist network and two little-known anti-government groups as terrorist organizations.
Interior Ninister Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa, announced the arrests in a televised address. He called Monday’s bombing and another attack that killed a police officer last month a reminder “of the high level of danger” facing the country.
Earlier, ministers at an extraordinary meeting pledged to “take the necessary measures to eradicate terrorist groups and those who support them,” BNA state news agency said.
They asked the Interior Ministry “to carry on relentlessly its combat against terrorism” following Monday’s bomb attack in Daih village, on the outskirts of Manama.
The explosion was the bloodiest attack on the security forces since an uprising erupted in February 2011. An officer from the UAE was among the three personnel killed in the Daih bombing.
He is the first Gulf officer reported to have been killed since forces from the region rolled into Bahrain in March 2011 to boost the kingdom’s security forces, which later quelled the month-long uprising.
The UAE interior ministry said First Lt. Tariq Al-Shehi was part of a force established as part of a Gulf security pact.
Bahraini security forces deployed in several villages on Tuesday, establishing checkpoints and arresting at least 12, witnesses said.
Security forces have cordoned off Daih since Monday, they said. At their meeting, the ministers also listed the little-known Al-Ashtar Brigades and Resistance Brigades among “terrorist groups,” in addition to the clandestine February 14 Coalition, BNA said.
They urged Bahrainis to be “nationally responsible and not stand beside the terrorists and vandals.” They also tasked the Justice Ministry with keeping an eye on political associations and mosque preachers that use “hatred and sectarian speech.”