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Bahrain foils 2 attempts to smuggle explosives from Iran, says Hezbollah behind them

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Bahrain foiled two attempts to smuggle explosives from Iran after seizing two cars loaded with explosive materials, the Ministry of Interior announced on Thursday.

The ministry said those arrested confessed to Lebanon’s Hezbollah group being behind the operation.

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Hezbollah has previously attempted to conduct a similar operation in Bahrain in February 2011. Manama's authorities foiled at the time an attempt to smuggle a shipment of ammunition, explosives and weapons off the Bahraini coast and arrested a "terrorist cell" with links to Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) the same year.

Four years ago, former IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari admitted to recruiting 200,000 militants in regional countries, including Lebanon.

Iran has a long history of arming and financially supporting its network of proxies – Shia militias across the Middle East – to further its influence in the region. Most notably, Tehran backs Hezbollah, a Shia militia in Lebanon which has a powerful grip on the Lebanese government.

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