Cops bust Iran backed terror cell

Cops bust Iran backed terror cell

ManamaBahrain Public Prosecution yesterday announced the arrest of 25 suspects accused of involvement in terrorist activities in the Kingdom, including a deadly jailbreak at Jaw prison.

Those arrested were part of a “terrorist organisation” that includes 54 members, some of them fugitives in Iraq and Iran --  accused repeatedly of meddling in the Kingdom’s internal affairs.

The alleged members include 10 former inmates who escaped in the January 1 storming of Jaw prison, Chief of Terror Crime Prosecution Advocate General Ahmed Al Hammadi said in a statement. 

One of them was shot dead last month along with two men as they allegedly tried to flee the country by boat. The 25 detainees have been charged with “joining a terrorist organisation” and “training on using explosives and firearms to commit terror attacks,” Hammadi said.

They are also accused of killing two police officers, including one during the January 1 jailbreak, and the attempted murder of others, as well as importing and possessing explosives and firearms.

The suspects were also accused of escaping from jail or helping others to flee and hide. The statement said four suspects denied the charges, while the rest confessed to being guilty.

Police also seized “large quantities of explosives, detonators and hand grenades,” in addition to four AK-47 assault rifles and seven pistols, the statement added. 




GCC pledge for Yemen wins UN praise

GCC pledge for Yemen wins UN praise

The UN Security Council has commended Saudi Arabia and the UAE after the two countries pledged $200 million in humanitarian relief assistance for Yemenis for Ramadan. Council members voiced their concern that agreements between the Yemeni government and Houthis in Stockholm four months ag

Bahrain to mark Arab Deaf Week

Bahrain to mark Arab Deaf Week

Bahrain will mark the 44th Arab Deaf Week during this month’s last week. The pan-Arab Deaf Week was first launched in 1974 following the recommendations of the Arab Federation for the Deaf to enhance social awareness on the basic rights of this category of people Labour and Social Deve

Five jailed for sheltering fugitives

Five jailed for sheltering fugitives

The Lower Criminal Court has sentenced five defendants to one year behind bars each for sheltering two wanted fugitives, while a sixth suspect was freed due to lack of proof. The third defendant was the one who planned to provide the two wanted men with shelter after he received a call fr

Stranded expat ‘leading roofless life’

Stranded expat ‘leading roofless life’

A stranded expat in the Kingdom is devoid of basic necessities of life including a roof to sleep under. Indian national Sulaiman Kunju, has been living on the terrace of a building in Manama for the last four months, battling the last winter. Speaking to Tribune, Sulaiman said that he cam

Protests erupt again

Protests erupt again

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators returned to Algeria’s streets yesterday to press demands for wholesale democratic change well beyond former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation, chanting “we do what we want,” witnesses said. Parliament named an interim presi


Djokovic knocked out as Nadal battles on in Monte Carlo

Djokovic knocked out as Nadal battles on in Monte Carlo

World number one Novak Djokovic was dumped out by Daniil Medvedev while Rafael Nadal survived a struggle to reach the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters for the 14th time yesterday. Djokovic, twice a champion in the principality, lost serve five times in a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 defeat by Russ

Chelsea fight off Slavia

Chelsea fight off Slavia

Chelsea was given a fright by Slavia Prague in a 4-3 home win on Thursday that saw them to a 5-3 aggregate victory and a place in the semi-finals of the Europa League. Already 1-0 up from the first leg, Chelsea were cruising when they scored three more goals in the first 17 minutes at Sta

Coming soon to China: the car of the future

Coming soon to China: the car of the future

Global automakers are positioning for a brave new world of on-demand transport that will require a car of the future -- hyper-connected, autonomous, and shared -- and China may become the concept’s laboratory. With ride-hailing services booming and car-sharing not far behind, the ne

Japan, China shares climb in thin holiday trade

Japan, China shares climb in thin holiday trade

Tokyo and Shanghai stocks closed higher yesterday but trade lacked direction with several major markets closed for Easter holidays. In Japan, the benchmark Nikkei 225 index added 0.50 percent, or 110.44 points, to 22,200.56, while the broader Topix index climbed 0.12pc, or 1.96 points, to 1,616.9

GCC pledge for Yemen wins UN praise

GCC pledge for Yemen wins UN praise

The UN Security Council has commended Saudi Arabia and the UAE after the two countries pledged $200 million in humanitarian relief assistance for Yemenis for Ramadan. Council members voiced their concern that agreements between the Yemeni government and Houthis in Stockholm four months ag

Bahrain to mark Arab Deaf Week

Bahrain to mark Arab Deaf Week

Bahrain will mark the 44th Arab Deaf Week during this month’s last week. The pan-Arab Deaf Week was first launched in 1974 following the recommendations of the Arab Federation for the Deaf to enhance social awareness on the basic rights of this category of people Labour and Social Deve

Five jailed for sheltering fugitives

Five jailed for sheltering fugitives

The Lower Criminal Court has sentenced five defendants to one year behind bars each for sheltering two wanted fugitives, while a sixth suspect was freed due to lack of proof. The third defendant was the one who planned to provide the two wanted men with shelter after he received a call fr

Stranded expat ‘leading roofless life’

Stranded expat ‘leading roofless life’

A stranded expat in the Kingdom is devoid of basic necessities of life including a roof to sleep under. Indian national Sulaiman Kunju, has been living on the terrace of a building in Manama for the last four months, battling the last winter. Speaking to Tribune, Sulaiman said that he cam