Bahraini police thwart car bombing attack

Bahraini police thwart car bombing attack
# 23 July 2013 00:33 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Bahraini police thwarted a car bombing attack near a mosque in West Riffa, south of the capital Manama, police source said on Monday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The Public Security Chief Major General Tariq Al Hassan said that the three suspects have been arrested in connection with the terror attack, who used mobile phone to detonate the car bomb.

The booby trapped car exploded in the parking area of Shaikh Isa bin Salman mosque in Riffa on Wednesday. No casualties were reported in the incident.

"The device exploded while worshipers were inside the mosque to perform Taraweeh prayers," he said.

Initial investigation found that a dark blue Chevrolet SUV was cut in half and gutted by the explosion. Fragments of the car were scattered over a radius of about 50 meters, he added.

The police found through CCTV footage the physical evidences such as finger prints and DNA samples of three suspects and made the arrests.

He said the car bomb operation was "preplanned" as the attackers chose the rush hours at the mosque with many cars in the parking lot and people arriving for prayers.

"The investigation revealed that the two gas cylinders were remotely detonated through the use of a mobile phone and that the cylinders were supported by a tank that contained flammable liquid to increase the power of the explosion."

Major General Al Hassan warned that the intention of the plotters was to drag the country into disastrous civil clashes and internal strife.

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