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Bahrain arrests 14 Iranians who tried to enter the country illegally

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Authorities in Bahrain say they’ve arrested 14 Iranians who allegedly entered the island nation on “forged Asian passports.”

Bahrain’s Interior Ministry made the announcement Saturday night, saying those arrested paid for the Asian passports in cash to be able to enter the island off Saudi Arabia.

The statement did not identify those arrested, but stated that the perpetrators used fake names on the passports.

State media in Iran did not immediately report on the arrests. Bahraini authorities said that the crime was done in coordination with Bahraini individuals of Iranian origin.

The General Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science stated that the necessary legal measures were taken against the arrested individuals, and they were referred to the public prosecutor.

Bahrain has long accused Iran of arming and training Shiite militants and stirring dissent on the island, something Tehran denies.