The Kingdom of Bahrain's Ministry of Interior announced it had arrested an Iranian-backed terrorist group that was planning to carry out terror attacks, including the assassination of high-profile figures.
The Ministry said that 14 individuals had been arrested, 11 of whom are suspected of receiving overseas military training under the supervision of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah in Iraq.
The security operations, which were carried out simultaneously at a number of locations in the Kingdom, followed wide ranging intelligence operations that monitored suspects’ travel to Iran on almost 70 occasions during a three-month period. The suspects were also monitored in Bahrain, tracking senior security personnel’s movements and studying target locations.
Security authorities said that materials seized during the operations included automatic weapons, explosives, and assembled bombs/bomb-making materials. In addition, security authorities gathered evidence during the raids, which implicated members of the group in a February bomb blast that injured five on-duty police officers.
Those arrested have been named as:
• Hussain Ahmed Abdullah Ali Ali, 27.
• Qassin Ahmed Ali Hassan Al Maliki, 23.
• Ahmed Ali Ali Al Shaikh, 26.
• Ali Abdulrasool Ibrahim Mohammed Abdulhassan, 29.
• Ali Jaffar Radhi Abdullah Abdulridha, 26.
• Ali Abdullah Ali Ahmed Al Banna, 32.
• Ammar Ahmed Abdullah Ali Ahmed Ali, 17.
• Hassan Ismaeel Ibrahim Ahmed Nasser Al Oraibi, 23.
• Ahmed Ali Mahdi Ali Hussain, 25.
• Hassan Ali Abduljabar Hassan Ahmed Al Hamar, 27.
• Ali Jaffar Abdullah Ali Ahmed Ali, 24.
• Yasser Ahmed Abdullah Ali Ahmed Ali, 25.
• Ahmed Jassim Saeed Mahdi Al Musawi, 24.
• Sayed Ali Mohammed Isa Hassan Al Musawi, 32.
The Ministry also revealed that the terrorist group’s members are suspected of operating under the direction of two convicted terrorists, named as Murtadha Majeed Al Sindi and Qassim Abdullah Ali, both of whom are wanted fugitives believed to be in Iran.
The General Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science confirmed separately that evidence and those arrested have been referred to the Public Prosecution, whilst urgent investigations are continuing to identify and locate those still at large