Bahrain says foils 'terror' attempts, seizes explosives, weapons
MANAMA (REUTERS) - Bahraini authorities have foiled an attempt to smuggle explosives and arms, some made in Iran and Syria, into the country by boat, the Gulf Arab state's public security chief said on Monday.
Bahrain, home to the US Fifth Fleet, has been rattled by bouts of unrest since February 2011, when protests led by members of its Shi'ite majority demanded that the Sunni ruling family give up ultimate power to an elected parliament.
"According to the investigations, which revealed plans to carry out terrorist acts, security deployment has been intensified," Major-General Tariq al-Hassan said in comments published by the official news agency BNA.
He said security forces had also dismantled a car bomb in the al-Houra area east of Manama, seized a weapons and explosive cache and arrested 13 people, including a Saudi Arabian national, trying to flee the country by boat.