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Bahraini Cabinet: Pipeline Terror Attack Is Dangerous Escalation

Bahraini Cabinet: Pipeline Terror Attack Is Dangerous Escalation

Tuesday, 14 November, 2017 - 08:45
Emergency and rescue workers are seen blocking the road leading to a fire in at oil pipeline in Buri village south of Manama, Bahrain, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Bahraini cabinet described the explosion at one of the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco)’s oil pipelines near Buri area as a dangerous terrorist escalation, unveiling Iran's role in destabilizing and threatening the security of the region.

In its session, chaired by Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the cabinet strongly condemned the terrorist attack which caused the explosion, resulting in damages to vital and economic interests as well as to property of individuals and enterprises.

The cabinet asserted that the terrorist attack also put individuals’ safety at risk and spread panic among them.

According to a statement, the session described the oil pipeline explosion as an escalation in terrorist acts aimed at targeting vital interests and jeopardizing the citizens’ safety.

The cabinet added that the terrorist blast is a dangerous aggression revealing the role played by the Iranian regime in many acts of sabotage that affect security and stability of Bahrain and the region.

Iran's meddling in the region has escalated recently through the hostile aggressive attacks by the Tehran-supported Houthi militias, that targeted Riyadh with an Iran-made ballistic missile from Yemen, in addition to the explosion of an oil pipeline, according to the statement.

The session stressed that terrorist elements involved in such a heinous crime will be brought to justice firmly and severely by the force of the law.

"The government will spare no effort for the sake of maintaining security and ensuring public safety," the session said.

Interior Minister Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa briefed the cabinet about the circumstances of the Buri pipeline terrorist crime and measures taken by security authorities to deal with it.

Meanwhile, Saudi Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources expressed full support to Bahrain's energy sector in the face of an aggressive action targeting Buri, resulting in the suspension of pumping oil to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Energy Ministry denounced this utterly cowardly action, while praising the authorities' abilities in containing the situation in a record time.

Bahraini Minister of Oil and Gas Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Khalifa described the attack as a terrorist act, denouncing it and condemning the parties behind it.

The minister explained that the security forces will proceed with the needed investigations to reveal the details. He confirmed that production levels were back to normal soon after the incident.

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