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The Ministry of the Interior said that the Bahraini security forces had arrested some suspects and confiscated weapons and explosives before the planned attack.
The Ministry did not specify how many people were arrested or specify their nationalities.
The Ministry of the Interior wrote on Twitter on Monday: “Terrorists have been arrested for planning terrorist actions that undermine security and domestic peace.”
It described them as “linked to Iranian terrorist organizations.”
Bahrain is the host country for the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet and other international naval operations, often accusing Shi’ite Muslim Iran of trying to destabilize the Sunni-ruled kingdom, which has a Shi’ite majority population. Iran has denied such allegations.
This island nation is the only Gulf Arab country that witnessed a large-scale democratic uprising during the Arab Spring in 2011. The uprising came from a mainly Shiite opposition movement that was suppressed with the help of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The opposition movement was banned, and hundreds of dissidents were imprisoned-many of them deprived of their nationality.
Human rights organizations often say that cases against Bahraini militants — men and women, religious and secular people — have failed to meet the basic standards of a fair trial.
The Bahraini authorities have repeatedly denied these allegations.
Last year, Bahrain stated that it thwarted a “terrorist attack” supported by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.