Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Bahrain calls oil pipeline fire 'a terrorist act'

Bahrain calls oil pipeline fire 'a terrorist act'

"Terrorist acts witnessed by the country in the recent period are carried out through direct contacts and instructions from Iran", the ministry said in a longer statement on its website.

"The attempt to blow up the Saudi-Bahraini pipeline is a unsafe escalation on Iran's part that aims to terrorise citizens and to harm the world oil industry", Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa wrote on Twitter. "Apparently, Bahraini officials have been conditioned to blame Iran after any mishap that occurs on the island [country]", Qasemi said.

No group has claimed the attack.

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The fire service also evacuated homes in the nearby village of Buri, 15 kilometers (10 miles) south of Manama, it added. Authorities later extinguished the blaze on the pipeline belonging to the state-run Bahrain Petroleum Co. He did not say what caused the explosion, nor did he name any suspects.

This "is a unsafe Iranian escalation aimed at terrorizing citizens and damaging the world's oil industry", the minister tweeted.

The Saudi Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources has tightened security at all its oil facilities following the Bahrain pipeline attack, it announce on Saturday.

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On Saturday, Bahrain's foreign minister blamed Iran for the fire near the capital Manama, which was brought under control after it was discovered earlier in the day.

Bahrain is home to the US Navy's Fifth Fleet and a British army base is now under construction.

However, that campaign of bombings and shootings had not seen the island's oil infrastructure targeted, even immediately after Emirati and Saudi forces helped Bahrain put down its 2011 Arab Spring protests.

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