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Iran-linked group claims responsibility for Bahrain car blast

A car bomb exploded near a mosque in Bahrain Wednesday night. (Al Arabiya)

"Ashtr al-Sheraziya Brigade", which is closely linked to Iran, said it was behind a car explosion in Bahrain’s city of Riffa on Wednesday night. The blast did not claim any casualties, according to police.

The incident took place at 8:30 p.m. (local time) at a parking lot near a Sunni Muslim mosque while people were praying, police said, adding a gas cylinder was inside the vehicle.

The relevant security authorities immediately rushed to the scene to take all the appropriate measures and an investigation into the incident was launched.

Officials said that the incident was an attempt to inflame sectarian tensions.

Rifaa is close to the residences of the Bahraini crown prince, the interior minister as well as others officials.

According to the state BNA news agency, King Hamad ordered swift action against all those who incite violence.

"The people of Bahrain have had enough and have run out of patience over such acts that are strange to the people of Bahrain and their morals," said the king.

Meanwhile, Al Wafeq – the main Shiite opposition group – condemned in a statement on its website the attack.

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Last Update: Thursday, 18 July 2013 KSA 12:03 - GMT 09:03
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