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Bahrain Busts Iran Cell Behind Bus Bombing, Assassination Plots

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Hezbollah supporters hold Lebanese and Bahraini flags during a protest in front of U.N. Headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, in July of 2016. The protest was organized by the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, to show solidarity with Bahrain's Shiite-led movement. (AP/Bilal Hussein)

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From the IPT Website/IPT in the News

Bahrain security authorities arrested members of an Iranian-sponsored terrorist cell this past Sunday, accusing them of planning assassinations of senior government officials.

The cell is also believed to be behind a bus bombing that wounded several policemen in February.

Bahrain's state news agency (BNA) reported that Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) provided military training to six of the suspects, while five others received training from the Iraqi Hezbollah terrorist organization.

Three others were trained in Bahrain.

Two exiled Bahrainis living in Iran coordinate the terrorist cell, Bahrain's interior ministry announced, including a U.S. State Department designated global terrorist, Mortada Majid Al-Sanadi.

Bahrain authorities last year foiled a similar IRGC and Lebanese Hizballah plot to carry out terrorist attacks in the country.

In November 2015, Bahrain arrested 47 people accused of links to "terrorist elements in Iran," who reportedly planned to conduct imminent attacks in the country.

A month later, Bahrain recalled its ambassador to Iran following a security forces raid on a bomb-making factory and arrests of individuals with suspected ties to the IRGC.

In Sunday's arrests, security forces reportedly seized domestically manufactured explosives and communications equipment from the suspects' homes. These developments suggest that Iranian sponsored proxies may be assisting local cells to build bombs.

According to the BNA report, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah gave a main suspect, Ali Ahmed Fakhwari, $20,000 to assist the terrorist cell.

Iran has been accused of plotting terrorist attacks around the world in recent years – mainly through proxies like Hezbollah and the al-Quds Force of the IRGC — in countries such as Egypt, Cyprus, Georgia, Thailand, India, and others.

In July of 2012, a bus bomb widely attributed to Hezbollah killed five Israeli tourists and a bus driver in Bulgaria.

In October of 2011, the U.S. foiled an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador in Washington D.C. and bomb the Saudi and Israeli embassies in the U.S. capital.

Steven Emerson is executive director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism. He was a correspondent for CNN and a senior editor at U.S. News and World Report. Read more reports from Steve Emerson — Click Here Now.

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Bahrain security authorities arrested members of an Iranian-sponsored terrorist cell this past Sunday, accusing them of planning assassinations of senior government officials. The cell is also believed to be behind a bus bombing in February of this year.
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