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Bahraini PM vows crackdown on militants after deadly bombing

A deadly bombing, which took place outside a girls’ school in the Shiite village of Sitra, was the worst since March 2014

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A day after two policemen were killed and six injured in a bombing outside a girl’s school in Bahrain, Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa vowed a severe crackdown on terrorists operating inside the small Gulf state, the state news agency BNA reported on Wednesday.

Stressing the need for security forces to uproot and destroy terrorism, the premier said that all those responsible for the attack would be brought to account.

The bombing, which took place on Tuesday in the Shiite village of Sitra, was the worst to hit the country since March 2014, when a bomb blast killed three policemen. Several suspects have already been arrested.

Azhar, OIC condemn attack

The Cairo-based al-Azhar – considered the highest seat of learning in Sunni Islam - and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also condemned the bombing.

Al-Azhar “expressed its strongest condemnation of the terrorist blast,” BNA reported.

Al-Azhar also announced its full solidarity and support to the Bahraini people “in confronting the plague of terrorism that seeks to undermine the kingdom’s unity and stability.”

The Saudi-based OIC also expressed the organization’s solidarity with Bahrain and the unity of its people, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Wednesday.

Iyad Amin Madani, the chief of the OIC, which has 57 Muslim member states, wished a speedy recovery for the wounded.

Arrests made

Several suspects have been identified and some have been arrested, BNA said on Wednesday quoting the ministry of interior.
However, the ministry of interior did not give further details.

State media had said the explosives resembled some seized at the weekend that authorities say were smuggled in from Iran.
A published comment by the prime minister alleging a foreign role did not name any country, but Bahrain has frequently accused regional adversary Iran of trying to orchestrate bombings in the country.

Tehran dismissed suggestions it had a role in the attack.

Speaking about Tuesday’s bombing, Sheikh Khalifa said Bahrainis’ patriotism had “always foiled foreign attempts to interfere in the kingdom’s internal affairs.”

He added: “The Prime Minister reiterated categorical rejection of foreign interference, expressing deep regret over the martyrdom of two police officers.”

(With Reuters)