'Terrorist explosion' near Bahrain capital kills citizen, wounds expatriate: Interior ministry

An explosion killed a Bahraini citizen and wounded an expatriate man on Tuesday, the Interior Ministry said on its Twitter account, in the second fatal attack in the Gulf Arab state in two days. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
An explosion killed a Bahraini citizen and wounded an expatriate man on Tuesday, the Interior Ministry said on its Twitter account, in the second fatal attack in the Gulf Arab state in two days. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANAMA (Reuters) - An explosion killed a Bahraini citizen and wounded an expatriate man on Tuesday, the Interior Ministry said on its Twitter account, in the second fatal attack in the Gulf Arab state in two days.

The ministry said police were on the scene of the attack in the village of Karzakan, southwest of the capital Manama. The ministry referred to the incident as a "terrorist explosion" but did not immediately elaborate.

On Monday, a Jordanian officer on a security exchange programme in Bahrain was killed in the village of Damistan, also southwest of Manama, Bahrain’s interior ministry website said.

Corporal Ali Mohammed Ali was killed on duty by a locally-made remote-controlled bomb, the ministry said. Bahrain’s foreign minister has described the incident as a terrorist attack using a bomb made by Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim militant group Hezbollah.  

Political tensions have been running high in Bahrain, which has a Shi’ite majority population but whose rulers are Sunni Muslims, since the opposition boycotted elections last month.

The island kingdom, which is home to the US Fifth Fleet, was swept by unrest during the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings when the majority Shi’ites demanded political reforms.

Gulf leaders meeting in the Qatari capital Doha on Tuesday are expected to discuss security issues in a region badly shaken by sectarian bloodshed, though the energy-rich Sunni Gulf monarchies have been largely spared.